​National Assembly Committee wants to hear your views on social services regulation in Wales

Published 02/03/2015   |   Last Updated 03/03/2015

The National Assembly for Wales' Health and Social Care Committee is asking for the views of the public on the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill.

The Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Mark Drakeford AM as Minister for Health and Social Services, seeks to improve the quality of care and support people receive in Wales by revising and simplifying the legal framework for the regulation and inspection of social care services.

At this stage, the Committee is asking whether the Bill is necessary, and whether legislation is the best way to achieve the Bill's objectives.  It is also looking at the financial implications of the Bill, any unintended consequences that might arise, and whether any additional provisions should be included.

Chair of the Committee, David Rees AM, said

"Social services provide care and support to many in Wales, including some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

"It is important to us all that these services are provided to the appropriate standard, by people who are properly qualified, regulated and have access to the right training.

"In July, Assembly Members will be asked to decide whether the Bill should pass the first hurdle on its way to becoming law. To help us make up our minds on that question, we need the views of people across Wales."

The public consultation will close on Friday 24 April 2015.  Details of the consultation, and how people can contribute their views about the way that social care services and social care workers are regulated in Wales, and whether they think that this Bill addresses the issues in the right way, are available online: Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill