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Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill

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Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Children and  Social Services
A major piece of legislation that is set to transform the way people in Wales receive care and support has been introduced.
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill was introduced in to the National Assembly for Wales on 28 January 2013 for consideration and scrutiny.

Purpose

The White Paper Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action highlighted a number of key challenges faced by public services in Wales.  These included demographic changes, increased expectations from those who access care and support as well as continuing hard economic realities. 

The Bill aims to address these issues and, in doing so, will give people greater freedom to decide which services they need whilst offering consistent, high-quality services across the country.

Benefits

The Bill will transform the way social services are delivered, promoting people’s independence to give them a stronger voice and more control. 

Integration and simplification of the law will also provide greater consistency and clarity to people who use social services, their carers, local authority staff and their partner organisations, the courts and the judiciary. 

The Bill will promote equality, improve the quality of services and the provision of information people receive. Importantly the Bill will also encourage a renewed focus on prevention and early intervention.
 

More information

Details on the progress of the Bill are available on the National Assembly for Wales website.