The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 will provide, for the first time, a coherent Welsh legal framework for social services. 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.
The Act will:
The First Minister, as Keeper of the Welsh Seal, applied the Seal to the Letters Patent in a ceremony in Cardiff earlier today [Thursday 1st May 2014].
First Minister Carwyn Jones said:
“Through our ambitious five year legislative programme, we are introducing ‘made in Wales’ solutions to the issues affecting us as a nation.
“This Act is a landmark piece of legislation, one of the most significant the Assembly has passed since it acquired full law making powers in 2011.
“There is nothing more important to this Government than protecting our most vulnerable citizens and helping to improve their health and wellbeing. In doing so, we need to provide for the right kind of support when it is needed. This Act will do just that.”
Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas said:
“It has been a real privilege for me to lead the development and delivery of this Act on behalf of the Welsh Government. I am delighted it has now received Royal Assent.
“This is an Act for people and about people. At its heart is a strong focus on individual rights. It will ensure a strong voice and real control for people, of whatever age, enabling them to maximise their wellbeing. It will set the legal framework and infrastructure to transform services to meet changing social expectations and changing demography.
“These are just part of the once in a generation transformational framework that we have created for social services in Wales.”
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