Partnership arrangements under Part 9 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
Under Part 9 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, the Welsh Ministers have the power to make regulations which specify partnership arrangements to be made between local authorities or between local authorities and Local Health Boards. The partnership arrangements are for carrying out specified social services functions or LHB or NHS Trust functions.
A local authority and a LHB may pay towards the establishment and operation of partnership arrangements by making payments directly or in to a 'pooled fund'. They may also provide staff, goods, services, accommodation and other resources for the partnership or in connection with it.
Regulations made under Part 9 require the establishment of regional partnership boards and specify the partnership arrangements which must be carried out under the direction of the regional partnership boards. These include partnership arrangements for the delivery of the Integrated Family Support Service (IFSS) which was previously provided under Part 3 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010.
The Regulations set out the membership of the regional partnership boards and their objectives and require an annual report to be submitted to the Welsh Ministers.
The Regulations also require the establishment of pooled funds in relation to the partnership arrangements for the IFSS. Pooled funds are required to be established for the commissioning of care home accommodation by April 2018.
See the Partnership Arrangements (Wales) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/1989)
Statutory guidance has been issued by the Welsh Ministers in relation to the partnership arrangements under section 166 to 168.