Assembly Wales inviting carers to give views on the impact of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014

The National Assembly for Wales has opened a new consultation into the impact of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 in relation to carers in Wales.

The consultation from the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is calling for evidence about:

1. The impact of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 on carers of all ages in Wales, including:

  • Assessments of need;
  • Provision of support, including respite care;
  • Provision of information, advice and assistance;
  • Information collected by local authorities and Local Health Boards on carers and their needs.

2. To consider broader Welsh Government policy on carers.

Inquiry

The inquiry will consider the following issues in relation to carers of all ages:

  • The number of carers' assessments undertaken in Wales and how this has changed as a result of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and whether there is variation between local authorities;
  • The number of carers receiving support following a local authority assessment, including respite care, how this has changed since the Act came into force, and whether there is variation between local authorities;
  • The extent to which local authorities are fulfilling their duties under the Act to provide information, advice and assistance to carers;
  • Whether local authorities and Local Health Boards have sufficient information on the number and needs of carers in their areas;
  • Other changes since the Act came into force which may impact on carers, for example changes to the services provided to people who are cared for;
  • Broader Welsh Government policy on carers and how it should be developed.

The deadline for responses is 20 September 2018. Please send your views to: SeneddHealth@assembly.wales.