Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 came in to force on April 6th 2016. It is the new law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support.

For the first time, carers will have the same rights as those they care for. The Act introduces a new broader definition of a carer, a duty on local authorities to offer carers their own needs assessment as well as a legal duty to meet the eligible needs of carers following assessment.

The Act repeals the majority of existing Community Care legislation and repeals and consolidates all existing carers' legislation:

  • The Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995
  • The Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000
  • The Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004
  • The Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010

as well as the following:

  • National Assistance Act 1948
  • Health Services & Public Health Act 1968
  • Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
  • Health & Social Services & Social Security Adjudications Act 1983
  • Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986
  • NHS & Community Care Act 1990
  • Health & Social Care Act 2001 (DPs)

You can access a guide on Carers Assessments under the new Act here: Guide to Carers Assessment from April 2016.

You can find out more information about the Act here: Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

Planning of carers support and services in Ceredigion is based upon the following principles:

  1. recognition of carers
  2. information to carers
  3. ensuring carers have a voice
  4. financial security for carers
  5. training and support to care
  6. emergency support and contingency planning for carers
  7. emotional support for carers
  8. time off from the caring role
  9. ensuring the quality of carer services
  10. support to young carers (aged 7 – 18 years)
  11. supporting working carers
  12. promoting the independence of the cared for person and the carer

'Supporting unpaid carers' is a key priority in the 'Ceredigion for All' Single Integrated Plan. Ceredigion for All is the Single Integrated Plan for Ceredigion which is a document that sets out the key issues and actions for the Ceredigion Local Service Board to tackle between 2013 and 2017. Its aim is to improve the lives of Ceredigion's citizens.

The Ceredigion for All Single Integrated Plan can be found here: Ceredigion Single Integrated Plan

You can access a quick guide on Carers rights under the act here:

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