Case for Change

case-for-change-map.pngMuch of this mirrors the rest of Wales but South West Wales has the highest proportion of elderly people and also faces significant issues relating to rurality and pockets of social deprivation.

Much of this mirrors the rest of Wales but South West Wales has the highest proportion of elderly people and also faces significant issues relating to rurality and pockets of social deprivation.

Our health services remain under considerable pressure, with projected demand for services set to increase year on year, outstripping any planned increase in resource. New models of healthcare delivery are urgently required. The South West Wales area is recognised to be underperforming economically and failing to reach its full potential.

The primary indicator used to measure this is Gross Value Added (GVA). Overall GVA growth has been consistently below that of the remainder of the UK
and Wales over the past two decades. The ARCH region has too few businesses and we are not growing our business base quickly enough.

Our unemployment and economic inactivity remain too high. The workforce in healthcare is ageing with
significant gaps in many professional groups, many young people do not have the appropriate Science,
Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects to be able to train to fill these gaps. We must create an environment where more young people have the appropriate qualifications and the right opportunities to join health and life science workforce. We must also deliver a stabilised solution to some of the current workforce challenges we face.

The ARCH region is a large diverse area containing both urban and rural populations, with distinctive, though interconnected, economies & communities. We recognise our region faces many challenges, which require a collaborative approach to resolve.

Economic context:

One of the key factors behind this spread of deprivation is that the South West Wales area as a whole is
recognised to be under performing economically and failing to reach its full potential.

The primary indicator used to measure this is Gross Value Added (GVA). Overall GVA growth has been consistently below that of the remainder of the UK and Wales over the past 2 decades.

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Health and wellbeing context:

The state of the economy is not the only factor important to wellbeing. Rather, there are many aspects of people’s lives that have been found to be linked with their level of wellbeing.

The European Commission’s report Beyond GDP calls attention to indicators that are more inclusive of environmental and social aspects of progress – indicators that we see reflected in the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.


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