Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act
When it comes into force in April 2016, the new Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act will introduce major changes to the way in which people in Wales are assessed by Social Services and decisions made about care and support services.
The current approaches across the country to eligibility and assessment for services are sometimes inconsistent. The new Act will simplify the eligibility rules so that people can receive the right level of care, in the right place and at the right time. The Act means that care and support will be provided in a way that is appropriate to a person’s circumstances and needs.
Described as one of the biggest changes in Welsh law since devolution, the Act will also ensure that people are assessed according to their needs, regardless of where they live. ‘Portable assessments’ will be in place, meaning that people will not have to be re-assessed if they move to live within a different local authority.
The Act also places a firm emphasis on local authorities to work closely with carers to ensure that their needs are fully recognised and that appropriate help and support is put in place.
This approach will ensure that the views of carers and people who require support will be central to decisions made about their care and support.
Another key point from the Act will be the emphasis placed on councils to be more pro-active and work within communities to improve residents’ general wellbeing and independence so that they can either delay or prevent the need for individuals to require care services. There will be a focus on prevention and wellbeing, and enabling people to remain living independently at home.
Bridgend County Borough Council is working hard in preparation for the implementation of the Act and more information and further details about what is going to happen will be made available over the coming months.
To find out more about the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, please visit the Welsh Government website here or read a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Act.
Following the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 in April, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has produced a bilingual guide to help older people understand their rights under the new Act.
Click here for the guide.