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19th March 2014

Landmark Social Services and Well-being Bill for Wales is passed

Assembly Members yesterday (March 18) voted to pass the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill which is aimed at transforming how people access and receive care and support in Wales.

The landmark legislation - one of the largest and most complex pieces of legislation to be debated in the Senedd - will become law once it has gone before the Queen to become an Act.

The Bill aims to simplify laws that regulate social care and make sure councils assess carers' needs and "revolutionise the way social services are delivered through an approach that is focused on achieving the outcomes which promote a person’s well-being - as an individual, as part of a family and as part of their community."

Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Social Services WalesGwenda Thomas, the Deputy Minister for Social Services, thanked all the organisations who had worked together with a common aim to bring the legislation to fruition. She said: "This is a Bill for people, with the well-being of the individual at its very heart.

"Throughout the legislative process, the Bill has been subject to robust scrutiny, and is all the better for it.

"We are getting closer to fulfilling our ultimate goal - to make a real difference to the lives of those who need care and support in our society.

"This has only been made possible by a number of organisations working together towards this shared ambition, and I sincerely thank all of those who have played their part."

Find out more about the changes the Social Services and Well-being Bill will bring

Some key changes to be brought in include:

  • Ensuring people are assessed according to their needs, regardless of where they live
  • "Portable assessments", meaning people will not have to be re-assessed if they move to a different local authority
  • A national adoption service
  • Giving carers equivalent rights to support as those they care for

Read more

BBC News: Equal access to care aim for Bill

BBC News: Carers' needs assessed under Bill

Welsh Government: Landmark social services legislation passed


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