ColegauCymru has responded to the recent Welsh Government consultation on how we assist Welsh Ministers in measuring the nation’s progress towards the well‑being goals, as set out in the Well‑being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
ColegauCymru broadly support the five criterion for choosing the national milestones, as the issues contained are important to the further education (FE) sector and beyond. We also accept the 17 indicators against which these milestones will be set, chosen by Welsh Government. However ColegauCymru proposes the inclusion of National Indicator 38: Percentage of people participating in sporting activities three or more times a week. This indicator supports more than one of the wellbeing goals within the Act, and would be valuable in improving and tracking our nation’s progress. 2017 data highlights that physical inactivity alone costs NHS Wales £35 million a year. By increasing the amount of physical activity people participate in, we can potentially decrease the resources needed to sustain these costs.
We believe that all Indicators require clear and achievable targets set in the short, medium and long term. ColegauCymru also calls for stronger leadership from Welsh Government and Local Authorities. Iestyn Davies, ColegauCymru CEO, said, “To date, despite the introduction of the Act, we believe that public policy and practice has essentially been ‘business as usual’, therefore not inclined to provide genuine alternatives and an improvement in the prospects of the future generations that we as a charity are seeking to secure. Policy decisions on major projects based on outdated methodologies and planning decisions undertaken by local authorities, without regard to the future impact on people and the places they live, will remain the primary indicator of the success of the Act in changing how Wales delivers public services.”
This year, ColegauCymru’s Annual Conference will look at “Devolution and Delivering Public Value in Education”. Along with our partners, we are keen to explore the role of further education institutions in their communities and how every pound invested in education brings a significant return in terms of benefits to wider society and future generations. This may be anything from economic terms, to the societal benefits resulting from creating healthier, engaged citizens. Join us to consider the role of further education in tackling some of the biggest issues facing 21st-century society, both in Wales and further afield.
For more information on this year’s Conference, please visit our Event page