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Future Strategic Planning for carers approved by Assembly

by Beth Evans 18 March 2015

On Tuesday 17th March 2015, at the National Assembly for Wales, Assembly Members approved the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill.

 

The Bill aims to simplify and streamline strategic planning for public bodies in Wales, putting Public Service Boards on a statutory footing with a duty to assess, plan and report on their objectives to improve the well-being of their populations.

This means that the current strategic planning for carers undertaken by Local Health Boards, Trusts and Local Authorities via the Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure  2010 will be replaced by the new Bill and Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 from April 2016.

 

Carers Wales alongside the Wales Carers Alliance had campaigned to keep the Carers Measure, which provided a straight forward joint planning mechanism for carers with health as the lead agency. However the Welsh Government has confirmed its commitment to repeal the Carers Measure after March 2016, with the Bill introducing a new duty on Local Authorities and Health Boards to plan and report on carers under a revised section 14A of the Social Services and Well-being Act.

There are some possible merits to the new system but it will now be up to the Welsh Government to explain in a clear and understandable manner how the new legal duties on Health Boards and Local Authorities to plan and report on carers will work in practice. As well as confirming whether the funding currently provided to Local Health Boards as part of the Carers Measure will continue after March 2016.

Below you can download the briefing that Wales Carers Alliance provided to Assembly Members prior to the Bill being approved.

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