In Augwell-beingust 2016, Miller Research was commissioned by Neath Port-Talbot (NPT) County Borough Council to conduct an assessment of people’s well-being and care and support needs within the Western Bay region. NPT County Council was the lead partner in a consortium comprising Neath Port-Talbot County Borough Council, Bridgend County Borough Council, City and County of Swansea, ABMU Health Board and the Western Bay Programme Board.

The population assessment will inform Local Well-Being plans for both the Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales) (WBFGA) and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Wales) (SSWBA).


Miller Research has engaged with members of the public from the 3 local authorities during drop-in workshops, focus groups as well as with specific groups by attending pre-existing meetings.


The topics discussed at the engagement sessions varied according to the Act they fell under.


For the WBFGA the topics discussed were:

  • people’s opinions and perceptions of the state of local well-being.
  • the strengths and assets of the people and their communities.


For the SSWBA the engagement with service users covered:

  • the extent to which people in the area of assessment need care and support.
  • the extent to which carers in the area of assessment need support.
  • the range and level of services required to meet the care and support needs of the population and the support needs of carers
  • the range and level of services required to prevent needs arising or escalating;


The deliverables for this project include one report for each local authority, for the Well-being of Future Generations Act, and an overarching report for the Social Services and Well-being Act. The data will be presented over social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being for the former and per service user groups (themes[1]) for the latter.

[1] Learning Disability & Autism, Sensory Impairment, Secure Estate, Carers Who Need Support, Health and Physical Disability, Gender based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, Mental Health, Older People, Children and Young People

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