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Carers may be left in the lurch by new public planning legislation in Wales

08 September 2014

Carers Wales responds to the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill, which was introduced on 7 July 2014.

The purpose of the Bill is to strengthen existing governance arrangements for improving the well-being of Wales to ensure that present needs are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Bill will put Local Service Boards and well-being plans on a statutory basis and will aim to simplify the requirements for integrated community planning.

It is the third piece of Welsh legislation that will cover strategic planning for carers since 2010. 

Carers Wales is concerned that the Bill will further dilute existing legal duties on Health Boards and Trusts in Wales in the Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010. The Measure – which came into force in 2012 – for the first time ever provided a clear joint planning mechanism with health as the lead agency to work with partners to develop local information strategies to ensure carers receive appropriate information and advice.

The detail of the strategies include amongst other things: identification of carers, the provision of information, training of front-line staff, engagement with GPs and consultation with carers. Read more about the Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010 here.

The Bill is in its first stage Committee process at the National Assembly for Wales and we have put together a response from Carers Wales to the Committee.

Read our response

Further information about the Bill can be found here.

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