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The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 came into force in April 2016 and includes significant changes for carers including new rights and new duties on local councils.

The Act has a new definition of a carer:

 a person who provides or intends to provide care for an adult or disabled child.

This removes the requirement that carers must be providing 'a substantial amount of care on a regular basis'.

Local councils now must offer a carer's assessment to any carer where it appears to the council that the carer may have needs for support. This is an important change, as previously a carer could only request a carer's assessment.

The Act covers also covers:

  • Well-being, 
  • Population assessments,
  • Preventative services,
  • Social enterprises,
  • Provision of information, advice and assistance, and
  • Register of sight-impaired, hearing impaired and other disabled people

The Act repeals the majority of existing community care legislation including:

  • The Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995,
  • The Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000,
  • The Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004, and
  • The Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010.

Find out more about how care and support in Wales is changing on the Welsh Government website.

You can also watch this short video from The Welsh Government about how care and support in Wales is changing.