Wellbeing in UK legislation
There are a wide range of UK legislative duties and roles related to wellbeing including:
UK wide: Localism Act 2011, Education Act 2011 and The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Act 2015.
England: The Care Act (England) 2014 and The Health and Social Care Act 2012 that led to the statutory introduction of Health and Wellbeing Boards in local authorities across England in 2013.
Scotland: Scotland Performs and Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015
Wales : Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, 2014 , The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, informed by the Wales We Want consultation
Northern Ireland: Carnegie has led work towards a Wellbeing Framework which is hoped will inform public service design and embed wellbeing in policy from 2016.
Collectively this legislation places duties on the public sector and its services to consider and provide for the wellbeing of citizens, be that in certain geographical areas or sections of those societies e.g.Carers with The Care Act. It presents opportunities across the board, for policy makers, purchasers and providers of services at all levels.