The vitally important social care services run by council in Wales have today received a welcome £14million funding boost from Welsh Government.
Announced at a meeting of the WLGA Council in Cardiff, the £14million package of support presented to council leaders by the Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford, will be used to help local government implement major reforms to the social care system in Wales.
The funding comes as a much needed financial boost for local councils who are leading the way in delivering the aims of the new Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, which seeks to transform the way social services are delivered by offering people increased independence and a greater say in shaping the services they need.
With the act offering a new focus on prevention and early intervention, the allocation of additional funding recognises the vitally important preventive role that many council services play in reducing pressures on the health service in Wales.
The funding will be allocated to the delivery of key areas of work including workforce readiness, awareness-raising among the wider population and key regional implementation activity.
Welcoming the announcement, Cllr Mel Nott OBE (Bridgend), WLGA spokesperson for social services said:
“The financial and demand pressures facing the social care system in Wales are well documented, and there is widespread acknowledgment that things must change in terms of how we deliver our care services in the future.
“With the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act already paving the way for future change, this hugely important £14million package of support recognises that further resources will be needed to deliver the transformation of social care services that we all agree must take place.
“Local government continues to provide strong leadership in developing a care system that will be sustainable in the longer term, and we will continue to work closely with our Welsh Government, NHS and wider partners to implement the ambitious transformation agenda that is gathering pace within the social care system in Wales.”