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The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (WBFGA) gives a legally binding common purpose - the seven well-being goals which apply to all organisations listed in section 6(1) of the Act.

This includes local authorities, public service boards, local health boards, HEFCW, most public bodies and the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government have produced a number of guidance documents to support understanding of the legislation and its application.

Although universities and colleges are not directly included, they are referred to within the legislation (section 32(1)) as being invitees to sit on public service boards who in turn are charged with responsibility for:
  • assessing the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in its area setting objectives (‘local objectives’) that are designed to maximise its contribution within its area to achieving those goals
  • the taking of all reasonable steps by members of the board (in exercising their functions) to meet those objectives
The Future Generations Commissioner has identified four priority areas that she initially wants to progress and we believe higher education has much to contribute to this agenda through research, teaching, and civic engagement and will seek to support the sector through our own strategic engagement with universities and colleges.
  • Climate change
  • Economic change
  • Population change
  • Citizen disengagement

HEFCW has developed its own Well-being Statement and associated objectives. HEFCW will seek to contribute towards the delivery of the seven goals of the Act through implementation of the sustainable development principle and the actions that will be set out within our new corporate strategy and operational plan.

HEFCW will seek to work with those in HE who are supportive of this agenda particularly the Higher Education Wales Future Generations Group, The United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise Wales and the Higher Education Academy Future Generations Group.

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