WALES – Statement by the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services: Progress on the Social Services Bill

Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services Gwenda Thomas outlined the contents of the new Social Services Bill for Wales during plenary on 24 January 2012.

The Welsh Government says it will give greater power and control to thousands of people who receive care.

The bill intends to:

  • give people the right to access information, advice and assistance in finding out about services
  • extend the range of services for which people have the right to a direct payment
  • extend the duty on social services and the NHS to collaborate in the delivery of integrated services
  • establish a duty on local authorities to appoint a Director of Social Services to manage family social services
  • make changes to the regulatory system for social care
  • simplify arrangements to adoption by placing a duty on the 22 Local Authorities to require them to come together to establish a single adoption agency.

Gwenda Thomas said: “This Bill provides us with the legislative basis that meets the changing needs of the people of Wales.”

The statement received support from AMs across the floor.

 

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