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Impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 in relation to Carers

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The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry on carers with a focus on the impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. 

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, which came into force in April 2016, strengthened social services support for carers, including providing rights to assessment and support for eligible needs. The Act defined a carer as “a person who provides, or intends to provide care for an adult or disabled child”.  Local authorities also have a duty to provide information, advice and assistance.  In addition, the Act requires local authorities and Local Health Boards to undertake assessments of the care and support needs of their populations, including carers who need support. 

The terms of reference for the Committee’s inquiry are:

  • To assess the impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 on carers of all ages in Wales, including:
  • Assessments of need;
  • Provision of support, including respite care;
  • Provision of information, advice and assistance;
  • Information collected by local authorities and Local Health Boards on carers and their needs.
  • To consider broader Welsh Government policy on carers.

 

Evidence sessions

 

Evidence session

Date, Agenda and Minutes

Transcript

Video

1. Carers Wales and Carers Trust Wales

Claire Morgan, Director, Carers Wales

Simon Hatch, Director, Carers Trust Wales

Gareth Howells, Chair, Carers Trust Wales

15 November 2018

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2. Older People's Commissioner and Age Cymru

Heléna Herklots, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Victoria Lloyd, Chief Executive, Age Cymru

15 November 2018

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3. Hafal

Kay John-Williams, Service User and Carer Participation Officer, Hafal

David Southway, Carer Representative, Hafal

Ceri Matthews, Carer Representative, Hafal

Tracy Elliott, Carer Representative, Hafal

15 November 2018

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4. Mencap Cymru

Dr Leanne McCarthy-Cotter, Influencing Manager, Mencap Cymru

Wayne Crocker, Director, Mencap Cymru

Dot Gallagher, Parent Carer / Chair of Mencap Cymru

Jane Young, Parent Carer / Member of Mencap Cymru

15 November 2018

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5. Barnardo’s Cymru, Children in Wales, and YMCA

Sarah Crawley, Director, Barnardo’s Cymru

Lynne Hill, Policy Director, Children in Wales

Geraint Turner, Project Co-ordinator, YMCA

21 November 2018

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6. Alzheimer’s Society Cymru

Huw Owen, Policy Officer, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru

Dawn Walters, Advocate, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru

Jayne Goodrick, Carer of a person living with dementia

Ceri Higgins, Carer of a person living with dementia

21 November 2018

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7. Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru and Welsh Local Government Association

Damien McCann, Corporate Director for Social Services in Blaenau Gwent,

Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru

Kim Sparrey, Carers Services Development Manager, Monmouthsire County

Council and Chair of the Carers Officers Learning and Improvement Network,

Welsh Local Government Association

Cllr Susan Elsmore, Deputy Spokesperson for Social Care and Health, Welsh

Local Government Association

Naomi Alleyne, Director, Social Services and Housing, Welsh Local

Government Association

21 November 2018

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Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 16/07/2018

Decision due: Meeting Date by Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

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