Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
You now have more say in your social services.
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act came into force on the 6th of April, 2016.
It is the new law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support.
What does this mean for me?
The Act changes the way people’s needs are assessed and the way services are delivered - people will have more of a say in the care and support they receive.
It also promotes a range of help available within the community to reduce the need for formal, planned support.
- Services will be available to provide the right support at the right time
- More information and advice will be available
- Assessment will be simpler and proportionate
- Carers will have an equal right to be assessed for support
- There will be stronger powers to keep people safe from abuse and neglect
What happens now?
If you receive care or support, you will take part in the new process during your next scheduled review date. If your needs are being met under existing legislation on the 6th April 2016 then the Council will be under a continuing duty to provide those needs (under the pre-existing legislation) until your needs are reassessed / reviewed.
If the reassessment / review has not taken place before the 31st March 2017 (or the 1st October 2016 in the case of a child), then at that point the duty on the Council to provide services will derive from the 2014 Act.