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A general guide to the Public Services Board

The Board makes a difference by ensuring that public services are working together to address the same priorities.

The Board has four main tasks:

  1. To prepare and publish an assessment of the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in the city and county of Swansea.
  2. To prepare and publish a Local well-being plan 2018 for Swansea Council setting out local objectives and the steps it proposes to take to meet them.
  3. To take all reasonable steps to meet the local objectives they have set.
  4. To prepare and publish an annual report that sets out the Board's progress in meeting its local objectives.

The Sustainable Development Principle

Sustainable development is the key principle of the Board's activities.  This means working to ensure that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Specifically sustainable development means taking into account the following ways of working:

  • The Long term - balancing short-term needs with the need to safeguard the ability to meet long-term needs.
  • Prevention - acting to prevent problems occurring or getting worse.
  • Integration - making sure that each public agency considers the national well-being goals and the objectives of other public bodies when setting their own priorities.
  • Collaboration - working with anyone that could help an organisation meet its well-being objectives.
  • Involvement - involving people with an interest in achieving the well-being goals, and ensuring that those people reflect the diversity of the local area.

The Board is committed to applying this principle to all aspects of its decision making and actively using the principle when setting and delivering its priorities.

Commitments of the Public Services Board

Underpinning the work of the Board is a set of commitments that all Board Members and participants sign up to when they join. These commitments are above and beyond the legal duties that the different organisations have.

Membership of the Public Services Board

The Board has four statutory member organisations that are required by law to take part.