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    Plans to overhaul social services and make access to care equal no matter on the location of people in Wales have passed its final vote in the assembly.

    AMs have backed a bill that aims to simplify laws that regulate social care and make sure councils assess carers’ needs, reports the BBC.

    Welsh ministers have said that the legislation was key to making social services “sustainable for generations to come”. It is one of the largest and most complex pieces o legislation that has gone through the Senedd.

    Following the vote on Tuesday evening, Deputy Social Services Minister Gwenda Thomas said: “This is a Bill for people, with the well-being of the individual at its very heart. Throughout the legislative process, the Bill has been subject to robust scrutiny, and is all the better for it. We are getting closer to fulfilling our ultimate goal – to make a real difference to the lives of those who need care and support in our society. This has only been made possible by a number of organisations working together towards this shared ambition, and I sincerely thank all of those who have played their part.”

    The changes include Ensuring people are assessed according to their needs, not on their postcode. There will also be “portable assessments” which means people will not have to be re-assessed if they move to a different local authority. A national adoption service and giving carers equivalent rights to support as those they care for are also included in the changes.

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    March 19, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Adult Services

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