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Jane Hutt, MS Minister for Social Justice

First published:
21 June 2022
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Within the Well-being of Future Generations Act there are seven well-being goals for Wales that provide a description of an economically, socially and environmentally just Wales. As a government we are committed to making our contribution to these goals, and in ensuring the well-being of future generations’ framework continues to drive better decision making for current and future generations.

To reflect the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we decided in 2021 to develop national milestones in two waves. Last December we laid Wales’ first nine national milestones in the Senedd in the areas where the supporting data was less impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or where we proposed an existing and widely supported target.

We also committed to delivering the second wave of national milestones by the end of 2022.

Today, it gives me great pleasure to launch a consultation on the second wave of national milestones for Wales that will shape future action towards achieving the well-being goals.

It proposes eight new national milestones that will assist Welsh Ministers in assessing progress towards the well-being goals.

The proposed draft values in this consultation have been developed through engagement with stakeholders and I am extremely grateful to the organisations and individuals who have contributed to date and helped us shape these proposals.

Progress towards the well-being goals relies on action from everyone in Wales, and in particular those public bodies with a duty to achieve the well-being goals. Setting national milestones against the national indicators will help galvanise collective action and provide a renewed focus on the pace and scale of change needed.

Achieving the well-being goals will require action by Government, the public sector, businesses, the third sector and citizens.

You can be part of the Shaping Wales’ Future conversation through the Shaping Wales’ Future blog.

The consultation on the second wave of national milestones will run from 21 June to 12 September 2022. I encourage anyone with an interest in the well-being of Wales to respond and look forward to considering the responses.