Wales’ first Future Generations Commissioner takes up post

Sophie Howe

Wales’ first Future Generations Commissioner takes up post

Today (February 1st 2016) Sophie Howe takes up her post as Wales’ first statutory Future Generations Commissioner.

The establishment of the Commissioner, one of the first in the world, follows the National Assembly for Wales passing the Well-being of Future Generations Act last year.

Sophie Howe said: “For me, it’s a uniquely exciting, and slightly daunting, opportunity. For Wales, and for the people and organisations who campaigned for legislation, it’s another step towards creating a sustainable nation.

“This is a Wales in which we have a shared purpose to achieve a better and lasting quality of life for us all – the Wales we want. It’s a Wales where we work completely differently so we all make better decisions, transform services, tackle root problems and use scarce public money to maximum effect.

“We have to do things differently because we cannot carry on the way we currently live and work. The impact on public services of a growing older population, the pressures of climate change as seen most recently with flooding in parts of Wales, and the ongoing austerity agenda are just three of many reasons for doing things differently.”

The well-being duty placed on the Welsh Government, local councils, most NHS organisations, fire and rescue authorities, national parks and other all Wales public bodies, is set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act and comes into force on 1 April.

Mari Arthur, Cynnal Cymru Co-director said: “This is a momentous time for Wales as we show the world we are ready to take action to create a more sustainable society. Cynnal Cymru is looking forward to working with Sophie Howe, her new office and our members towards becoming the first sustainable nation.”

While the initial focus of the Act will on public bodies, Cynnal Cymru will continue to engage with businesses and the third sector to ensure that sustainability is embedded throughout all organisations in Wales.