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The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act is a new law that the Welsh Government says will give you more of a say in the care and support you receive.

The Act was passed by the National Assembly for Wales in 2014 and will come into force from April 2016. It will introduce a number of changes to the way social care services are organised and delivered in Wales, which your local authority is responsible for introducing. 

The Welsh Government states that if you need care you will make decisions about that care in partnership with professionals, to support you to achieve well-being. To help you to do so, it says you will also have easy access to information and advice about what is available in your area.

Carers will have an equal right to be assessed for support, to those that they care for, and more people will be entitled to Direct Payments according to the Welsh Government.

There will also be changes to the process of assessing entitlement for care and support, which the Welsh Government states will be based on what matters to you as an individual in the future.

The Welsh Government intends for assessment to be made simpler and has stated that it is seeking a move towards more preventative services with the intention of preventing problems getting more severe.

Stronger powers to keep people safe from abuse or neglect will also be introduced as a result of campaigning by Age Cymru and others.

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act comes into force in April 2016.

Further details can be found on the Welsh Government’s website. Age Cymru's Factsheet 41w: Social care assessments for older people with care needs in Wales (PDF 1.14MB) also contains information on the Act, as part of wider information on the social care assessment process for older people who may require care services from their local authority.

For more information: Contact Age Cymru Advice on 08000 223 444

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