Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services
Earlier this year Gwenda Thomas AM, then Deputy Minister for Social Services, issued a written statement announcing the Welsh Government’s approach to implementing the subordinate legislation to be made under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
The first tranche of regulations, together with the related codes of practice and statutory guidance to be made under the Act, will be made available for a 12-week public consultation starting on 6 November this year and will cover the following sections of the Act:
- Population assessments under part 2 of the Act and partnership working under part 9
- Social enterprises, co-operatives, user led services and the third sector
- Assessments and eligibility
- Direct Payments
- Adult Protection and Support Orders
- National Independent Safeguarding Boards
- Local Safeguarding Boards
- Ordinary residence and disputes about ordinary residence
These policy areas are embodied within parts 2, 3, 4, 7 and 11 of the Act and are presented in four linked consultation packages. The four consultations can be accessed through the Welsh Government website.
Following completion of this extensive consultation and the post-consultation analysis it is my intention that these regulations will be laid before the National Assembly for Wales in May 2015.
A second tranche of regulations and codes of practice, principally in relation to parts 5, 6 and 9 of the Act will be made available for consultation from May 2015 with a view to being laid before the National Assembly for Wales late in 2015. I will be seeking to lay the codes of practice in relation to the first tranche at this time also, to enable them to be seen and agreed as a coherent package.
I will of course ensure Members are kept fully informed of the outcome of the consultation.