Monmouthshire is facing some really big challenges. Budgets for public services are declining while expectations are going up. We have an ageing population rising property prices and comparatively low wages are making it harder for young families to live and work locally. These come on top of issues like increased global migration and changes to weather patterns that could result in more flooding and problems for farmers.
Our Monmouthshire is about all of us addressing the needs of future as well as current generations.
In April 2016 a new piece of legislation, The Well-being of Future Generations Act was launched. This means that we need to begin planning at least ten and ideally up to 25 years into the future. The decisions we make now will have real implications for our children and grandchildren. We need to work together to make sure we get this right. This means that all public services must plan for the long-term and really understand what well-being means to our county and the communities within it.
From August to December 2016 we spoke to people in Monmouthshire and asked what’s good about your community, what would make it better, now and in the future. These views are helping us make sure we address some of the really big challenges that Monmouthshire faces in coming years.
The Well-being Plan
Monmouthshire Public Service board is made up of public bodies such as Gwent Police, Monmouthshire County Council, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. More information about the Public Services Board is here.
Every Public Service Board in Wales has had to produce a Well-being Plan. The Well-being Plan, which was signed off by the Public Service Board in April 2018, looks at the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the county.
The Well-being Plan sets out what public services will work together on to address the things that matter to local communities. Often these are complex challenges that are too big for a single organisation to address by itself. The Wellbeing Plan has been informed by data, research and what the people of Monmouthshire told us as part of the Wellbeing Assessment.
PSB partners are now working on detailed action plans which will set out how they will deliver the steps which are set out below:
Well-being Plan documents
The PSB has adopted its well-being assessment. This was developed through extensive community engagement using the Our Monmouthshire process, combined with a detailed analysis of data, statistics, research and policy. The assessment is made up of different sections. It considers the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Monmouthshire as a whole. It also provides profiles of more localised areas loosely clustered around our five largest settlements: Abergavenny; Monmouth; Usk; Chepstow and Caldicot. There is a section on Future Trends and a conclusions section that draws out some of the main messages that the Public Service Board will need to consider. This assessment has informed the development of the Well-being Plan and objectives.
The well-being assessment will be an ongoing and dynamic document. The continued development and update of the well-being assessment will form a fundamental part of future reviews and any revisions of the well-being objectives.
Well-being Assessment documents
- Well-being assessment (extended) v3.0
- Summary Well-being assessment v3.0 (English)
- Population Needs Assessment