The Act establishes a statutory board known as a public services board in each local authority area in Wales. Local authorities are one of the four statutory members on the board – the other three being the Local Health Board, the Fire and Rescue Authority for the area and Natural Resources Wales. A range of other partners can be invited to participate in the activities of the Board.
The Board must prepare and publish an assessment of the state of economic, social, environmental, and cultural well-being in its area and then, within a year, a Well-being Plan (WBP). This Plan must set out local objectives, again aligned to the Act’s goals, and the steps that will be taken to achieve them. The WBP must be published no later than 12 months after the local government elections (as defined under section 26 of the Local Government Act 2021). Prior to publishing the Plan the Board must undertake a consultation for minimum of 12 weeks. A report of progress must be produced no later than 14 months after the plan is published and then annually.
For more information contact: Neville Rookes