Public Services Boards (PSBs) have been established under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being by strengthening joint working across all public services in Wales.
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 establishes statutory PSBs which will replace the voluntary Local Service Boards in each local authority area. Each board will:
- assess the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in its area
- set objectives that are designed to maximise the PSBs contribution to the well-being goals.
Each PSB must prepare and publish a plan setting out its objectives and the steps it will take to meet them. This is called a Local Well-being Plan. It must say:
- why the PSB feels their objectives will contribute within their local area to achieving the well-being goals
- how it has had regard to the assessment of Local Well-being in setting its objectives and steps to take.
Having undertaken a local Well-being Assessment to understand the county’s strengths and challenges, Monmouthshire’s PSB has produced a Local Well-being Plan which aims to respond to the issues raised.
The Statutory Members of the PSB are:
- Monmouthshire County Council
- Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
- South Wales First and Rescue
- Natural Resources Wales
The PSB must also invite a number of other partners to participate in its activity as ‘invited participants’:
- The Welsh Ministers
- The Chief Constable of South Wales Police
- The South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner
- Representatives of the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Company
- Monmouthshire Third Sector
Other partners who exercise functions of a public nature can also be involved in the delivery of its work.
In Monmouthshire, we have a Full PSB which meets three times a year and provides strategic management of the agenda and a PSB Programme Board which ensures progress is made against well-being objectives.