Assessment of Local Well-being

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 requires local authority areas to prepare a Local Well-being Plan, with the first published in Newport on 3 May 2018.

Before developing the Well-being Plan, an assessment of local well-being was made which:

  • set out the communities that make-up the area

  • analysis of the state of well-being of Newport and for each community

  • included predictions of likely future trends of the area

  • refer to the national indicators 

  • took into account a number of statutory reviews and assessments

Newport approach

The Newport Assessment of Local Well-being looked at the state of well-being of Newport as a whole and 20 community well-being profiles, each split in to six sections:

  • preface

  • community overview

  • economic well-being

  • social well-being

  • environmental well-being

  • cultural well-being

The former Public Services Board signed off the initial assessment on 25 April 2017 following consultation with its own members, other partners, local authority scrutiny committee, voluntary sector organisations and the public. With the assessment published on the 3 May 2017.

In addition to the community profiles there were other assessments that were considered when developing the Local Well-being Plan: 

The establishment of a Gwent PSB means that they now have the responsibility for producing a single assessment of well-being for the whole of Gwent, with local assessments for each local authority area. The Gwent well-being assessment was published on the 5 May 2022, which will be used to develop the Gwent Well-being Plan by May 2023. To view the Gwent assessment, visit the Gwent PSB website.

Contact Newport City Council's policy, partnership and involvement team at [email protected] with any queries.

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 came into force on 6 April 2016 and changes the way people’s needs are assessed and how services are delivered - people will have more of a say in the care and support they receive.

It also promotes a range of help available within the community to reduce the need for formal, planned support:

  • services will be available to provide the right support at the right time
  • more information and advice will be available
  • assessment will be simpler and proportionate
  • carers will have an equal right to be assessed for support
  • there will be stronger powers to keep people safe from abuse and neglect

Population Needs Assessment

The Social Services and Wellbeing Act, Part Two, Section 14, requires local authorities and local health boards to jointly carry out an assessment of the needs for care and support, and the support needs of carers in the local authority areas.

Care and support is in relation to people known to social services and those supported through preventative services.

The population needs assessment (PNA) will consist of two sections:

  • assessing the extent to which there are people or their carers who need care and support and the extent to which they need support
  • assessing the range and level of services required for the care and support needs of the population, their carers, to prevent needs arising and escalating, and the actions required to provide services in Welsh 

The first population needs assessment (pdf) / asesu anghenion poblogaeth (pdf) was published in April 2017 and there is also an expectation that a regional joint action plan will be published by April 2018.

Download the population needs assessment summary (pdf) / asesu anghenion poblogaeth crynodeb (pdf)

The benefits expected are more opportunities for regional working, joint commissioning and maximising of resources.

For more information please contact [email protected]