Sustainable development—the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015
Produced in partnership with Professor Robert Lee of Birmingham Law School
Sustainable development—the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Professor Robert Lee of Birmingham Law School provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sustainable development—the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015
  • Background to the Future Generations Act
  • The well-being duty
  • The Auditor General for Wales
  • The Future Generations Commissioner
  • Public Service Boards (PSBs)
  • Comment

Background to the Future Generations Act

When first introduced in 2012, the Bill which became the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (WFG(W) 2015) was labelled the 'Sustainable Development Bill', and that title gives some indication of its broad purpose. According to the First Minister, it was renamed the 'Future Generations Bill' in July 2013 to reflect some change in emphasis to include ideas of the social and economic aspects of sustainable development. Green groups argued that the change of name signalled a move away from environmental sustainability objectives set out in early consultations.

The emphasis on sustainable development in Welsh Government is not new. The Government of Wales Act 2006, s 79 places a duty on Welsh Government Ministers to establish a scheme setting out how they propose, in the exercise of their functions, to promote sustainable development. The Welsh Government's sustainable development scheme, 'One Wales: One Planet', sets out the National Assembly for Wale's (the Assembly) approach to sustainable development. Launched in 2009, it defines 'sustainable development' in Wales as follows:

Sustainable development means enhancing the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of people and communities, achieving a better quality of life for our own and future generations in ways which promote social justice and equality of opportunity; and enhance the natural and cultural environment and respect its limits