The Bill would place a legal requirement organisations to deliver sustainable public services in Wales to ensure their decision making is informed by sustainable development principles.

It would also require businesses to report annually on how they have complied.

The minister said: “We believe that by adopting this approach we will improve economic, social and environmental wellbeing and enhance quality of life in Wales.

“Of course we know we cannot achieve all this on our own. These proposals are about ensuring that all organisations delivering public services in Wales are legally committed to making decisions based on clear sustainability principles. We believe this approach will deliver long-term benefits.

The Welsh Government is now seeking views on the proposed Bill, which includes plans to set up an independent Welsh body to provide advice and guidance on sustainable development.

Carys Matthews

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