Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
“Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement – saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales.
- New guidance on care and support for over 65s
- Independent report revealed at the Event Wales International Conference 2013 outlines positive impact of games and events for Wales
- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Implementation of Commission Directive 2013/45/EU concerning the change to the botanical name of tomato
- School term dates regulations
- Draft Statutory Instrument - Infant formula and follow-on formula (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
- M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Responsibility for social services is shared between central and local government. Within a framework of legislation and regulations, the 22 local authorities have the statutory responsibility for the planning, assessment, commissioning and delivery of social services across Wales.
Social services authorities are required to assess people who might require community care services and to decide what, if any, services meet their needs. The services range from advice and counselling to care and support in their own homes, in residential or nursing care homes or elsewhere.
Informal carers provide about 70–80% of all the care provided, and small changes in their contribution and commitment could have far-reaching implications for the demand on formal care services. Recent changes in legislation have enhanced support for carers, and supporting them to continue in their caring role is a key new responsibility for social services.
Your local council is required to provide residential care for those individuals assessed as requiring such care and who meet the council's local eligibility criteria. Depending on an individual's needs, this can be in a residential home (that would provide personal care) or a nursing home (that would provide nursing care or nursing care and personal care). Homes can be provided by the local authority itself or through independent providers.
Local councils are also required to charge for the accommodation and personal care they arrange, whether directly provided or arranged with an independent home. The aim is to recover as much of the cost as possible. It is the responsibility of each local council to determine the level of fees it will charge. The fees are based upon a variety of factors, for example:
- the dependency needs of residents;
- location and facilities of the home; and
- the operating costs of the home.
Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)
Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) was launched in April 2007 and encourages the improvement of social care and social services. It does this by regulating, inspecting and reviewing, and by providing professional advice to Ministers and policy makers. It aims to raise standards, improve quality, promote best practice and inform people about social care.
Visit the CSSIW website (external link).