Public Services Boards
Public Services Boards (PSBs) were established in 2015 to bring together local public service leaders to assess and address the well-being needs of their areas, as part of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
The Act established a Board for each of the 22 Local Authorities in Wales. But PSBs have the opportunity to work together across Local Authorities and to merge, and there are now 13 PSBs covering the whole of Wales.
Board members typically include leaders from the local authority, health board, fire and rescue authority, Natural Resources Wales, as well as representatives from the voluntary sector, Welsh Government, the police forces, the police and crime commissioner and probation services. They can also invite other organisations.
The duties of the PSBs include:
- Assessing the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in their areas, known as the ‘well-being assessment;’
- Setting local objectives that are designed to maximise their contribution to Wales’ well-being goals and publishing a Well-being Plan
- Taking all reasonable steps to meet those objectives
PSBs publish well-being plans every five years. The first well-being plans were published in 2018 and the latest plans were published in summer 2023. Local well-being plans must set out objectives and steps intended to improve the four dimensions of well-being of its area.
The Commissioner provides advice to each Board during this process – you can read our latest findings in Well-being in Wales: an overview.
You can find more information on Public Services Boards and their role here.
Public Services Boards (PSBs) in Wales
Flintshire & Wrexham Public Services Board
Cymru Can sets out our new strategy for 2023 – 2030 and our long-term vision.
Cymru Can: our Vision and Purpose
Involvement is at the heart of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. Since the creation of the Future Generations Commissioner in 2016, our office has involved thousands of people to support and inform our work. Some of the involvement projects we have undertaken to date include
We will make it our mission to ensure the Well-being of Future Generations Act is applied effectively and with ambition in a way that improves the lives of the people of Wales now and in the future.
Implementation and Impact
We will make it our mission to ensure all Welsh public bodies achieve their net zero and nature positive goals by 2030. As a result, public bodies are leading action on climate change including adaptation, in a way that reduces inequalities and maximises the benefits to people and communities across Wales.
Climate and Nature
We will make it our mission to facilitate a transformation in the way we keep people healthy, with a greater focus on prevention and the long term. As a result, public bodies are working together to tackle the root causes of ill health and addressing health inequalities.
Health and Well-being
We will make it our mission to reinforce the positive impact of cultural well-being. As a result, public bodies are making the urgent changes needed to promote culture and creativity, enhance the fabric of communities and promote multi-culturalism and the Welsh language.
Culture and Welsh Language
We will make it our mission to help transition Wales to an economy that puts people and planet first. As a result, governments at all levels, communities and business are making this happen.
A Well-being Economy
From farm to fork, food is critical to achieving Wales’ well-being goals for the health of our people and our planet.
Area of Focus: Food
There are 48 public bodies in Wales covered by the Act who are required to carry out sustainable development
We provide advice, assistance and support to people on the Well-being of Future Generations Act in a variety of ways.
Providing advice and assistance to public bodies and PSBs
The Commissioner is required to monitor and assess the extent to which such public bodies are meeting their well-being objectives are being met. This duty seeks to ensure public bodies are moving closer to their objectives and contributing to the national well-being goals. Every five years, the Commissioner must publish an overall assessment and recommendations for improvement in a Future Generations Report.
Monitoring and Assessing
The work we do in Wales continues to inspire organisations and governments internationally.
Public bodies in Wales spend over £6 billion each year procuring a range of goods, services and works; this represents nearly a third of total devolved Welsh annual expenditure, and it is estimated that over the next decade Welsh public services will spend over £60 billion.
We have the opportunity to create a better Wales for current and future generations.
A Fit for the Future Programme for Government
Our younger generations are calling out the failures of past decisions, and sadly, often decisions in the continuing present that fail to take into account their futures – embarrassing, perhaps, but necessary.
Manifesto for the Future
Some of the biggest changes often begin on a local level. At such an important – and difficult – time for the world, Wales has the opportunity in the May local elections to do its bit to create a better future for all. This is a significant election too, as 16 and 17 year olds will have the opportunity to vote for their local representatives for the first time.