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Statement on The Cost of Caring for an Ageing Population Carers Needs Assessment recommendation

10 January 2019

Carers Wales was pleased to see yesterday’s Senedd debate on the Welsh Government finance committee’s report on ‘The Cost of Caring for an Ageing Population’. In particular, the Committee recommendation that the Welsh Government conducts a review of carers’ assessments to evaluate whether an intended effect of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 to strengthen support to carers is being achieved.

Our ‘Track the Act’ research over the past 3 years suggests that despite some examples of best practice, so far the success of the Act has been limited.  We believe there should be an honest assessment of the obstacles and barriers currently in the system which is frustrating the rollout of the Act, so that these can be overcome.

The information provided by carers and local authorities through our ‘Track the Act’ research over the past 2 years suggests that despite some examples of best example practice, so far the success of the Act has been limited.

Our latest ‘Track the Act’ briefing shows that only just over half of carers (53%) have seen information that would help carers in their caring role while less than half of respondents (54%) had not been offered a Carers Needs Assessment over the 12 months.   

Whilst we appreciate the Welsh Government is already committed to a 3 year evaluation to explore the implementation of the Act and the impact on those who receive care and support, there needs to be a specific focus on the critical needs of carers  so that their needs are properly evaluated as part of the process. Carers Wales hopes that the outcome of the review of carers’ assessments will mean that the lack of awareness, availability and the consistency of carers needs assessments across Wales can be properly addressed and acted upon.

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