In April 2016, two significant new pieces of legislation came into effect that have an impact on the way we work with partners to deliver well-being and improved outcomes for citizens.
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (‘SSWb Act’) establishes the legal framework for transforming the way people’s needs for care and support and carers needs for support are met. A key principle of this Act is the requirement for integrated and sustainable care and support services.
The Act therefore provided for the establishment of seven regional partnership boards, on the health board footprint, which bring together health boards, social services, third sector and other partners. These boards must jointly assess, plan and provide efficient and effective services. Their purpose is to improve the outcomes and well-being of people with care and support needs, and carers who need support.
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (“WFG Act”) is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. It gives a legally binding common purpose – the seven well-being goals – for national government, local government, health boards and other specified public bodies. It details the ways in which these public bodies must work, and work together, to improve the well-being of Wales.
The WFG Act places specific duties on the 44 public bodies specified in the Act to act in accordance with the “Sustainable Development Principle”, ensuring that decisions demonstrate how they have applied long term, preventative, integrated, collaborative approaches involving people that reflect the diversity of the population.
See below for links to current and new legislation and the changing policy context influencing the work of our Partnership.