From August to December 2016 we have been talking to you about what’s good about your community, what would make it better, now and in the future.

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.

Your views are helping us make sure we address some of the really big challenges that Monmouthshire faces in coming years.

Wellbeing Assessment

Every Public Service Board in Wales must publish their own Wellbeing Plan by March 2018. The plan will look at the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the each county.

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. All of these organisations will be involved in delivering the Our Monmouthshire engagement programme. 

Your views and thoughts have provided us with vital information for Monmouthshire’s Wellbeing Assessment, which will help to inform our Wellbeing Plan.  Now we would like to know your views of the assessment and whether it presents an accurate reflection of the issues that affect well-being in Monmouthshire now and in the future.

Monmouthshire Public Service Board has produced a draft Well-being Assessment for the county.  This will help to shape the future of the area and its communities.

The draft 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.

The assessment draws together findings from academic research and policy papers and the views of local people. 

Wellbeing Assessment documents

Social Services and Wellbeing Act: Population Needs Assessment

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act is the new law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support.

The Act places a duty on local authorities and Local Health Boards to assess the population’s care and support needs, including the support needs of carers. This assessment is known as the Population Needs Assessment.  The population assessment will allow for budgets and resources to be effectively allocated to invest in tackling issues preventatively and is the starting point for partnership working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.

Let us know what you think about the Wellbeing Assessment

Population Needs Assessment

PNA – consultation response form

What is a Wellbeing Plan?

Every Public Service Board in Wales has to produce a Wellbeing Plan. The Wellbeing Plan will look at the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the each county.

A Wellbeing Plan will set 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.

This plan will replace the Single Integrated Plan which all local authorities once had to produce

What is a Public Service Board?

The PSB is a statutory group that aims to purpose of the Board is to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing within Monmouthshire, by bringing together key decision-makers to improve public services in such a way that it is transparent and meaningful as well as accountable to local people.

Monmouthshire Public Service Board is made up of the following organisations:

  • Monmouthshire County Council
  • Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • South Wales Fire and Rescue
  • Gwent Police
  • Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations
  • Office of Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Welsh Government
  • Monmouthshire Housing Association
  • Melin Homes

What is The Wellbeing and Future Generations Act ? 

In April 2016 a new piece of legislation was launched in Wales, The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

The Act aims to improve all aspects of life for you, your children, grandchildren and their future generations.

It wants to make public bodies – organisations such as local authorities, police, fire and rescue, health service to think more about the long-term, so that they work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach.

The 7 Well-being goals