Our role is to effectively involve you and your local community in making decisions that affect you.
We want to make a difference to improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being in the county and we need your help to do that.
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is about improving the well-being of Wales and places a duty on certain public bodies to do this. The Act outlines how the following public bodies must work, and work together to achieve this:
- Welsh Ministers
- Local Authorities
- Local Health Boards
- Public Health Wales NHS Trust
- National Park Authorities
- Fire and Rescue Authorities
- Natural Resources Wales
- The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
- The Arts Council of Wales
- Sports Council of Wales
- National Library of Wales
- National Museum of Wales
These public services are given a common purpose – the seven well-being goals. These national goals show the kind of Wales we want to see. Together they provide a shared vision for public bodies to work towards. The well-being goals are:
An innovative, productive and low carbon society which recognises the limits of the global environment and therefore uses resources efficiently and proportionately (including acting on climate change); and which develops a skilled and well-educated population in an economy which generates wealth and provides employment opportunities, allowing people to take advantage of the wealth generated through securing decent work.
A nation which maintains and enhances a biodiverse natural environment with healthy functioning ecosystems that support social, economic and ecological resilience and the capacity to adapt to change (for example climate change).
A society in which people's physical and mental well-being is maximised and in which choices and behaviours that benefit future health are understood.
A society that enables people to fulfil their potential no matter what their background or circumstances (including their socio economic background and circumstances).
Attractive, viable, safe and well-connected communities.
A society that promotes and protects culture, heritage and the Welsh language, and which encourages people to participate in the arts, and sports and recreation.
A nation which, when doing anything to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, takes account of whether doing such a thing may make a positive contribution to global well-being.
The Act provides for better decision-making by ensuring that public bodies work in certain ways:
- Taking account of the long-term
- Helping to prevent problems occurring or getting worse
- Taking an integrated approach
- Working collaboratively with our partners and communities, and
- Considering and involving people of all ages.
This will result in public services working in line with the ‘sustainable development principle’ - meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Public bodies will need to make sure that, when making their decisions, they take into account the impact they could have on people living their lives in Wales in the future.
Why get involved?
We want to include as many people as possible in setting our well-being objectives and achieving the well-being goals. We need everyone to be involved to ensure the work we are doing and the services we deliver meet the needs of all our residents. We will endeavour to actively engage with the whole population of Carmarthenshire to reflect our diverse communities and ensure that we hear from all perspectives. We need you to tell us where we can improve so that you benefit from effective and efficient public services. Get involved!