In line with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, Torfaen Public Services Board has undertaken its first assessment of well-being looking at the communities where people live and work, as well as the well-being of the people. The assessment looks at social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being; some of the information is at a whole borough level and some is for the principal settlements of Blaenavon, Pontypool and Cwmbran or smaller community level. The Board has worked with a wide range of public organisations, over 2,000 residents and 31 businesses in gathering information, sense checking views and aspirations.
The assessment is not a one-off exercise to be repeated at 5 year intervals but, will be added to and updated as new statistics and information becomes available.
This assessment has been used by the Public Services Board to develop its first Well-being Plan, to be published in May 2018. The assessment should also be used by individual public services to set their own well-being goals and future corporate plans.
The assessment sets out the state of well-being in Torfaen, and identifies key areas where public services need to act collectively, and with others, to improve well-being that works with, and helps to build on, the strengths of our communities and the people that live there.
It also builds on our understanding of how well-being is most likely to develop in the future and how our approaches may need to change, to respond in a meaningful way to challenges such as social and economic differences, an ageing population, health inequality, educational attainment gaps, and climate change.
How we collectively respond to these long term challenges will impact on wellbeing both now and for future generations.
The following documents are available for download:
Partnership Officer Support Group
The Officer Support Group (OSG) carries out work on behalf of the PSB to explore the findings of the assessment, suggest well-being objectives, identify areas for activity and draft well-being plans.
Membership can be seen on the Partnerships page.
Regional Area Plan
Each local authority and health board are required to prepare and publish a plan setting out the range and level of services they propose to provide, or arrange to be provided, in response to the population needs assessment. Area plans must include the specific services planned in response to each core theme identified in the population assessment. As part of this, area plans must include:
- the actions partners will take in relation to the priority areas of integration for Regional Partnership Boards;
- the instances and details of pooled funds to be established in response to the population assessment;
- how services will be procured or arranged to be delivered, including by alternative delivery models;
- details of the preventative services that will be provided or arranged;
- actions being taken in relation to the provision of information, advice and assistance services; and
- actions required to deliver services through the medium of Welsh.
The first area plans must be published by 1 April 2018 and the Regional Partnership Board will ensure links between the Area Plan and the local authority Well-being Plans required under the Well-being of Future Generations Act to facilitate collaborative working and avoid duplication.
The Area Plan for Gwent can be found at www.gwentrpb.wales
Other PSB plans
The PSB Financial Inclusion Strategy sets out how the PSB is working together to tackle poverty in Torfaen.
The PSB has an existing partnership plan under the Strategy for Older People in Wales. The Strategy for Older People - Phase 3: Torfaen Delivery Plan for Ageing Well (2015 – 2023) supports the national well-being goals and the PSB agenda to improve well-being for people in Torfaen.
The previous partnership plan 'Torfaen Together' and its annual reports supported the early work of public services working together in Torfaen. Much of the work is delivered by a single agency or service and continues as part of day to day work across local public services.
With the implementation of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, the focus of the Public Services Board is to improve well-being of our communities through delivery of successive Well-being Plans.