In April 2016, the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 established a statutory board, known as a Public Services Board (PSB), in each local authority area in Wales. Conwy and Denbighshire have used the power within the Act to merge both of their separate PSBs into a single PSB for the Conwy and Denbighshire region.
The PSB is a collection of public bodies working together to improve the well-being of their county. This means that as a group the Conwy and Denbighshire PSB must improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the Conwy and Denbighshire area by working to achieve the 7 Well-being goals:
- A prosperous Wales
- A resilient Wales
- A healthier Wales
- A more equal Wales
- A Wales of cohesive communities
- A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language
- A globally responsible Wales
Initially the PSB has four main tasks:
- To prepare and publish an assessment of the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Conwy and Denbighshire.
- To prepare and publish a Local Well-being Plan for the counties of Conwy and Denbighshire setting out local objectives and the steps it proposes to take to meet them.
- To take all reasonable steps to meet the local objectives.
- To prepare and publish an annual report that sets out the Board’s progress in meeting the local objective
Sustainable development is the overriding principle of Conwy and Denbighshire PSB’s activities. This means acting in a manner which seeks to ensure that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.