What is Our Monmouthshire?

As part of a Gwent-wide initiative, The Gwent Public Sector Board (PSB), the area’s local authorities and public bodies are seeking your feedback on life in Gwent – what’s great and what could be even better – in order the ensure future plans and projects target those things that matter most to you.

We want as many residents to engage with this as possible so we can shape the county’s future in the best way possible – with your help. 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.

How to share your views and feedback

After reading the information on this page, please share your thoughts by filling in this survey before it closes on 30th September 2021.

Why is it important?

Our Monmouthshire is about all of us addressing the needs of the future as well as current generations.

In April 2016 a new piece of legislation, The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act was launched.  This means 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 and 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 – and now we need to update this to make sure your views and feedback are up-to-date.

The Well-being Plan – what is it?

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 Well-being Plan has been informed by data, research and what the people of Monmouthshire has told us as part of the Well-being Assessment. Please read the Well-being plan below to find out more.

This plan has grown out of the work of Monmouthshire’s Public Services Board (PSB), which was made up of public bodies such as Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Gwent Police, Monmouthshire County Council, and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. This has now been extended to become a Gwent-wise Public Services Board (PSB).

Each PSB in Waleshad to produce a Well-being Plan. The Well-being Plan, which was signed off by the PSB in April 2018, looked at the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the entire county.

Click on the image above for further information about the Well-being Objectives.

PSB partners are now working on detailed action plans which will set out how they will deliver against the four identified objectives:

  1. Provide children and young people with the best possible start in life
  2. Respond to the challenges associated with demographic change
  3. Protect and enhance the resilience of our natural environment whilst mitigating and adapting to the impact of climate change
  4. Develop opportunities for communities and business to be part of an economically thriving and well-connected county

Find out more in these Well-being plan documents

The latest Well-being Plan annual report

The PSB produces an annual report that describes the progress made to deliver the objectives set out in the well-being plan:

Click on the image above for a summary of the PSB well-being Plan Annual Report 2020 and the links below to see the previous plans.

Well-being Assessment

The PSB has adopted a well-being assessment, 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 PSB 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

PLEASE NOTE – Our new community exchange for Monmouthshire is at https://ourmonmouthshire.org/ this is separate to this consultation, and is part of our Covid community response measures