Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act granted Royal Assent

A landmark Welsh law that introduces the biggest transformation of Social Services in Wales for over 60 years was granted Royal Assent on 1 May 2014 by Her Majesty the Queen.

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 will provide a Welsh legal framework for social services. According to Welsh Government, "It will transform the way social services are delivered, promoting people's independence to give them a stronger voice and more control. It will also encourage a renewed focus on prevention and early intervention." It is hoped that 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 Act will promote equality, improve the quality of services and enhance access to the provision of information people receive. It will also encourage a renewed focus on prevention and early intervention.

Deputy Minister for Social Services Gwenda Thomas has also announced that a new Bill to reform the regulation and inspection regime in social care in Wales will be introduced before the National Assembly in February 2015. The new Regulation and Inspection Bill will refocus the regulation of social care towards outcomes for people.

Both laws are a part of a wider strategic change set out by the Deputy Minister three and a half years ago in Sustainable Social Services: A Framework for Action.

Find out more about the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act on the National Assembly for Wales website.