The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 places a duty on local public service bodies to establish a Public Service Board (PSB) for Powys.
The PSB replaced the previous Local Service Board (LSB) for Powys as of 1 April 2016. The inaugural meeting of the Powys PSB was held on 9 June 2016.
The role of the PSB is to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being Powys by strengthening joint working across all public services in the county.
The PSB has a duty to:
- assess the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in its area
- set objectives that are designed to maximise the PSB's contribution to the well-being goals.
The PSB is required to prepare and publish a plan setting out its objectives and the steps it will take to meet them. This is called a Wellbeing Plan. It must say:
- why the PSB feels their objectives will contribute within their local area to achieving the wellbeing goals
- how it has had regard to the assessment of Local Well-being in setting its objectives and steps to take.
The Wellbeing Plan for Powys will replace the existing One Powys Plan in April 2017. Work is currently underway in Powys to develop the Wellbeing Assessment which will provide the data to inform the objectives that will be set out in the Wellbeing Plan.
The PSB is obliged to carry out an annual review of the Powys Wellbeing plan showing progress made in meeting the wellbeing objectives. When producing their assessments of local well-being and Local Well-being plan, PSBs must consult widely.
The statutory membership of Powys' PSB comprises:
- Powys County Council
- Powys Teaching Health Board
- Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
- Natural Resources Wales
The Act also places a statutory requirement on the Powys PSB to invite the following organisations to participate:
- Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner
- Dyfed-Powys Police
- A representative of the Voluntary Sector: Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO)
- A representative of the Probation Service in Powys: Wales Community Rehabilitation Company
- A representative of Welsh Ministers: Head of Energy, Water and Food
- In addition it has also been agreed to invite Brecon Beacons National Park Authority to participate in the work of the Powys PSB.
PAVO/Third Sector Representation: Carl Cooper and Gloria Jones-Powell
Meeting Schedule: Quarterly
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