The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has today welcomed the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill as an opportunity to help shape a sustainable social care system for Wales.
Announced by the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Service, Gwenda Thomas AM, the Bill sets out a core legal framework for social care services, and emphasises the need to develop preventative, community based systems of care that are shaped by the needs of the citizens who use them.
Councillor Mel Nott (Bridgend), WLGA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care said:
“Local Government in Wales welcomes the vision for social services set out by the Deputy Minister, and shares her aspiration of developing a consistent, sustainable and high quality social care system for Wales.
“The social care system is already under extreme pressure, and it will face fundamental challenges over the coming years. While the new Bill’s focus on preventative approaches will go some way to delivering a sustainable framework for social care in the future, the overall pressure on the system is expected to increase even further in the coming years due to an ageing population and the year-on-year increase in demand for public services that this will lead to. Developing this Bill into tangible ‘on the ground’ public services will require an open debate on what will realistically be achieved, and also on what resources are available for its delivery.
“The WLGA will now take the time to evaluate the key impacts of this ambitious and people focused Bill, but we look forward to working positively with our partners to co-produce a sustainable and responsive social care system that focuses on improving outcomes for the people who use these vital front line services.”