Section 14 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 requires local authorities and LHBs to work together to assess the extent of the needs for care and support (including the needs of carers for support) in the local authority's area and the extent to which those needs are not being met. They must also assess the range and level of services needed to meet the care and support needs that have been identified, and the range and level of services needed to prevent, delay or reduce needs for care and support and to achieve the other purposes set out in section 15 (preventative services). There is also a requirement to assess the actions required to provide this combined range and level of services through the medium of Welsh.
In preparing assessments of local well-being under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, public service boards must take into account the most recent assessment carried out by the local authority in conjunction with a Local Health Board under section 14 of the 2014 Act.
Under section 14A of the 2014 Act (as inserted by the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 20145) local authorities also have a responsibility to prepare and publish area plans in response to the joint population assessment. Local Health Boards have a similar responsibility. Local authorities and the relevant Local Health Board can agree to prepare and publish a joint area plan.
Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010
Part 1 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 requires each local authority to prepare and publish its strategy in respect of its contribution to the drive to eradicate child poverty in Wales.
Section 2 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 imposes a duty upon local authorities (and other bodies) to prepare and publish a strategy for contributing to the eradication of child poverty in Wales. The strategy must set out objectives chosen by the authority which relate to the broad aims which are relevant to, and which can pursued in, the exercise of its functions. The strategy must also contain the actions to be performed and functions to be exercised by the authority for the purpose of achieving its objectives.
A local authority’s duty to publish a child poverty strategy under section 2 of the 2010 Measure is discharged on publication of a local well-being plan under section 39 or 44(5) of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 by the public services board of which the authority is a member, but only if the authority's strategy is an integral part of that plan.