National Summary

Upper level

At its highest level, Thriving Places Wales comprises three dimensions: Local conditions, Sustainability and Equality. These headline dimensions support a broad dialogue about whether an area is creating the conditions for people to thrive within environmental limits ad in a socially just way. Thriving Places Wales then uses a layered approach to drill down to the detail: within each headline dimension there are domains.

Seven domains form the second level of Thriving Places Wales - Place and environment, Mental and physical health, Education and learning, Work and local economy, People and community, Sustainability and Equality. The first five listed domains are all part of the Local conditions dimension. Scores for Sustainability and Equality are included in this tier as well as the Dimension tier.

Within the Local Conditions domain there are 25 sub-domains - for example within Place and environment there are sub-domains around transport, safety, housing and green space, in order to capture a breadth of information about a range of well-being drivers.

Three local authority areas (Gwynedd, Flintshire and Ceredigion) have one dimension score in the highest band, and all three of these are in the Equality dimension. A further 18 local authority areas have at least one score in the second highest band and these scores cover all three dimensions.

Five local authority areas have at least one dimension score in the lowest two bands, with only one local authority area (Neath Port Talbot for Sustainability) having a dimension score in the lowest band.

There are six local authority areas with a domain score in the highest band - Powys and Ceredigion each have three; Gwynedd, Flintshire and Monmouthshire each have two; and Pembrokeshire has one.

No local authority area has a domain score in the highest band for the Sustainability or Place and environment domain. Four local authority areas have domain scores in the highest band for the Mental and physical health domain.

There are five local authority areas with domain scores in the lowest band - Merthyr Tydfil has three; Blaenau Gwent and Neath Port Talbot each have two; and Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf each have one.

Of these domain scores in the lowest band, four are for the Mental and physical health domain and three are for the Education and learning domain.

The third tier consists of 25 sub domains. Scores across these are far more widely spread than scores at any other tier of the tool.

20 of the 22 local authority areas have at least one sub-domain score in the highest band. Newport is the only local authority area with no sub-domain score in the highest band, but it does have 11 sub-domains in the second and third bands, and only two sub-domains in the lowest band.

19 of the 22 local authority areas have at least one sub-domain score in the lowest band, only Gwynedd, Conwy and Monmouthshire do not.

Two local authority areas have 13 sub-domain scores in the highest band, Powys and Ceredigion. This is the highest figure recorded across all the local authority areas. However, they both also have two sub-domain scores in the lowest band. Two local authority areas, Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent, have at least ten sub-domain scores in the lowest band. However, they both also have at least three sub-domain scores in the highest band.

Across the two highest bands, there are three local authority areas with at least 15 sub-domain scores in these bands – Powys, Ceredigion and Monmouthshire. These three local authority areas also have at least three sub-domain scores in the lowest two bands.

There are four local authority areas with at least 15 sub-domain scores in the lowest two bands – Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent. These four local authority areas also all have at least four sub-domains in the highest two bands.

Every local authority area has its sub-domain scores spread across at least four bands.