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Is a new law needed to build a better Wales?

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Legal, Local Government, Regulation

Is a new law needed to build a better Wales? Is a new law needed to build a better Wales?

The Welsh National Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee has asked whether a new law is needed to build a better Wales.

The Welsh government’s Well-being of Future Generations Bill sets out a series of goals for the development of a more prosperous, resilient, healthier and equal society.

The committee has said that, on a practical level, the government can aim to achieve the bill's goals through the creation of statutory public services boards - which would combine representatives from local authorities, health boards, fire authorities and Natural Resources Wales.

The creation of a ‘future generations commissioner’ has also been proposed - an advisory role responsible for guiding public bodies to find the most viable solution for their community and work to embed the principles of sustainable development into public life.

However, the committee has asked whether the bill is necessary, or whether its objectives can be achieved through existing laws.

It is also looking at whether the bill would achieve its intended objectives, and is set to examine the following key areas:

  • How should the Welsh government be legislating to place sustainability and sustainable development at the heart of government?
  • General clarification on what the “common aim” and “sustainable development” principle mean, and who is to be included in the list of Public Bodies.
  • How any progress is to be measured and reported.
  • The predicted financial implications of the bill.


Alun Ffred Jones AM, committee chair, said: “This is a grand vision from the Welsh government. A more prosperous, healthy, sustainable and inclusive society is something we all want to see in Wales.

“The committee will be examining whether this vision needs to be enshrined in law, and whether the measures the government has outlined will achieve it.

“As the name suggests, this bill has the potential to affect everyone in Wales for generations to come, so it is vital that we gather as many views as possible to make sure that, if it is to become law, it truly helps to build a better Wales.”

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