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Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

A Government Bill, introduced by Jeff Cuthbert AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. Following a change in ministerial portfolios in September 2014, the First Minister authorised Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Natural Resources, as the new Member in Charge of the Bill, from 11 September 2014. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Environment and Sustainability Committee.

 

About the Bill

 

The key purposes of the Bill are to:

  • set a framework within which specified Welsh public authorities will seek to ensure the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (the sustainable development principle), 
  • put into place well-being goals which those authorities are to seek to achieve in order to improve wellbeing both now and in the future, 
  • set out how those authorities are to show they are working towards the well-being goals,
  • put Public Services Boards and local well-being plans on a statutory basis and, in doing so, simplify current requirements as regards integrated community planning, and
  • establish a Future Generations Commissioner for Wales to be an advocate for future generations who will advise and support Welsh public authorities in carrying out their duties under the Bill. 

 

Current Stage

 

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (external website) became law in Wales on 29 April 2015 (external website).

 

Welsh Glossary (Available in Welsh only)

 

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

 

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

 

Stage

Documents

 

Bill introduced: 07 July 2014

 

Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Bill, as introduced

 

Explanatory Memorandum

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 07 July 2014

 

Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill: 7 July 2014

 

Written Statement: Introduction of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill

 

Policy Intent Statement

 

Research Service Bill Summary

 

 

Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

 

Public Consultation. The Committee issued a call for evidence, which closed on 5 September 2014.

 

The Committee considered the Bill on the following date(s):

 

25 September 2014

1 October 2014

9 October 2014

23 October 2014

19 November 2014

 

Committee Stage 1 Report

 

Letter from the Minister for Natural Resources - Statutory Guidance

 

 

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

 

A debate took place in Plenary on 9 December 2014. The motion to agree the general principles of the Bill was agreed.

 

Financial Resolution

 

A Financial Resolution in relation to the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill was agreed in Plenary on 9 December 2014.

 

Stage 2: Committee consideration of amendments

 

Stage 2 consideration took place in Committee on 5 February 2015.

 

Notice of Amendments: 12 December 2014 v2

 

Welsh Government – Purpose and Effect table: 12 December 2014

 

Notice of Amendments: 23 January 2015

 

Welsh Government – Purpose and Effect table: 23 January 2015

 

Notice of Amendments: 27 January 2015

 

Welsh Government – Purpose and Effect table: 27 January 2015

 

Notice of Amendments: 28 January 2015

 

Welsh Government – Purpose and Effect table: 28 January 2015

 

Notice of Amendments: 29 January 2015, v2

 

Marshalled List of Amendments: 5 February 2015

 

Groupings of Amendments: 5 February 2015

 

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill -  As Amended at Stage 2

 

Revised Explanatory Memorandum

 

 

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments


Stage 3 consideration and disposal of amendments took place in Plenary on
10 March 2015.

 

Notice of Amendments: 11 February 2015 V2

 

Welsh Government – Purpose and Effect table: 11 February 2015

 

Notice of Amendments: 27 February 2015 V2

 

Welsh Government – Purpose and Effect table: 27 February 2015

 

Notice of Amendments: 2 March 2015 V2

 

Notice of Amendments: 3 March 2015

 

Welsh Government - Purpose and Effect table: 3 March

 

Marshalled list of Amendments: 10 March 2015 V2

 

Groupings of Amendments: 10 March 2015

 

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill, as amended at Stage 3

 

 

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

 

The Bill was agreed by the Assembly in accordance with SO 12.36 on 17 March 2015.

 

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill, as passed

 

 

Post-stage 4

 

The four week period of intimation has ended. Letters patent for the Bill have been submitted to Her Majesty The Queen for Royal Assent.

 

The Counsel General and Secretary of State for Wales wrote to the Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly to advise that they would not be referring the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill to the Supreme Court under Sections 112 or 114 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.

 

Date of Royal Assent

Royal Assent was given on 29 April 2015.

 

 

Contact information

 

This bill has been remitted to the Environment and Sustainability Committee

 

Clerk: Catherine Hunt

Phone: 0300 200 6565

Email: SeneddEnv@Assembly.Wales

Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 01/07/2014

Documents

Consultations

 

 

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