THE VALE of Glamorgan council has signed up as early adopters of a ground-breaking new bill for public bodies.

Along with Newport, Cardiff, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea councils the Vale has adopted the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill which requires public bodies to look at what they do in the long term as part of their decision making.

It will be one of a few laws of its kind anywhere in the world and will place a duty on public bodies to make decisions that leave a positive legacy for our children, and children’s children.

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Jeff Cuthbert said: "The Well-being of Future Generations Bill will set ambitious, long-term economic, social and environmental goals to reflect the Wales we want to see, both now and in the future.

“By putting these goals into law, public services in Wales will work towards achieving a prosperous, resilient, healthier, more equal Wales with cohesive communities and a vibrant and thriving culture and Welsh language.

“This unique Bill is all about our generation taking responsibility for improving the well-being of Wales and providing a sustainable Wales now and for decades to come.”

An example is the work to promote healthier lifestyles and campaigns on obesity, smoking and alcohol to help improve people’s health and help manage future demand on NHS Wales.