£3m to support implementation of Wales’ new social care law

A £3m package of Welsh Government funding and support will help local authorities implement major reforms to Wales’ social care system when a landmark law comes into force in April.

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 will change the way social services are delivered, promoting people’s independence to give them a stronger voice and more control over the services they need. It will also encourage a renewed focus on prevention and early intervention, helping people stay independent for longer.

The funding made available through the Sustainable Social Services: Delivering Transformation Grant for 2016-17, will support the transition to the new arrangements.

The 2016-17 grant will focus on ensuring new systems and processes are in place and ensure that all partners, including the public are engaged in the changes.

The announcement today means that £9m in Welsh Government funding will have been made available in support to local authorities since 2013, delivered through regional collaboration projects.

In his capacity as Health Minister, Mark said:

“The £3m I am announcing today will help local government and other partners implement the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 when it comes into force on April 6.

“It will support the regional and national arrangements which have been put in place to ensure the successful implementation of the Act, which delivers the Welsh Government’s ambitious agenda to reform social services in Wales.”