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Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (‘the Act’) brings together local authorities’ duties and functions in relation to improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support. The Act provides the foundation, along with regulations and codes of practice made under it, to a statutory framework for the delivery of social care in Wales to support people of all ages as part of their families and communities.

The fundamental principles of the Act are:

  • Voice and control – putting the individual and their needs, at the centre of their care, and giving them a voice in, and control over reaching the outcomes that help them achieve well-being.
  • Prevention and early intervention – increasing preventative services within the community to minimise the escalation of critical need.
  • Well-being – supporting people to achieve their own well-being and measuring the success of care and support.
  • Co-production – encouraging individuals to become more involved in the design and delivery of services.

The Explanatory Notes to the Act provide detailed commentary on the various provisions.

Coming into force

Part 1 and sections 196 to 200 came into force on 2 May 2014, which is the day after the Act received Royal Assent, in accordance with section 199(1).

The remaining provisions of the Act come into force on a day appointed by the Welsh Ministers by order, in accordance with section 199(2).

The following Orders have been made:

Subordinate legislation made under the Act:

Further legislation, codes and guidance made under the Act are listed in the Social Services subject area of the site. This information will be merged with this page in due course.

TitleCitation numberMade dateComing into force dateSupporting documents
The Revised Code of Practice on the exercise of social services functions in relation to Part 4 (direct payments and choice of accommodation) and Part 5 (charging and financial assessment) of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Appointed Day) Order 20232023 No. 391 (W. 60)    29 March 2023    10 April 2023    Explanatory Memorandum
The Revised Code of Practice on the exercise of social services functions in relation to Part 4 (direct payments and choice of accommodation) and Part 5 (charging and financial assessment) of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Appointed Day) Order 20222022 No. 427 (W. 106)  4 April 2022    11 April 2022    Explanatory Memorandum
The Revised Code of Practice on the exercise of social services functions in relation to Part 4 (direct payments and choice of accommodation) and Part 5 (charging and financial assessment) of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Appointed Day) Order 20202020 No. 383 (W. 86)   30 March 2020  6 April 2020    Explanatory Memorandum (not available)
The Revised Code of Practice on the exercise of social services functions in relation to Part 10 (Advocacy) of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Appointed Day) (Wales) Order 20192019 No. 1501 (W. 277)    16 December 2019    1 January 2020    Explanatory Memorandum (not available)
The Revised Code of Practice on the exercise of social services functions in relation to Part 4 (direct payments and choice of accommodation) and Part 5 (charging and financial assessment) of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Appointed Day) Order 20192019 No. 797 (W. 150)     3 April 2019   8 April 2019    Explanatory Memorandum (not available)
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Isles of Scilly Modification) Regulations 20182018 No. 1267 (W. 253)    29 November 2018    4 February 2019    Explanatory Memorandum 
The Revised Codes of Practice on the exercise of social services functions in relation to Parts 4 and 5 and Part 6 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Appointed Day) (Wales) Order 20182018 No. 469 (W. 79)   26 March 2018   

Revised Part 6 Code: 2 April 2018

Revised Parts 4 and 5 Code: 9 April 2018  

Explanatory Memorandum (not available)
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2017
 
2017 No. 1025 (W. 263)   25 October 2017    1 December 2017    Explanatory Memorandum
The Revised Code of Practice on the exercise of social services functions in relation to Part 4 (direct payments and choice of accommodation) and Part 5 (charging and financial assessment) of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Appointed Day) (Wales) Order 20172017 No. 557 (W. 128) (C. 50)9 April 2017  10 April 2017   Explanatory Memorandum (not available)
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 20162016 No. 413 (W. 131)       
 
19 March 2016  These Regulations come into force on 6 
April 2016 subject to paragraphs 2(2) to (6).   
Explanatory Memorandum 
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) (Secondary Legislation) (Amendment) Regulations 20162016 No. 351 (W. 109)9 March 20165 April 2016   Explanatory Memorandum (not available)
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) and Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 20162016 No. 216 (W. 85)    19 February 2016     6 April 2016   Explanatory Memorandum
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) (Secondary Legislation) Regulations 20162016 No. 211 (W. 84)    19 February 20166 April 2016    Explanatory Memorandum
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Social Enterprise, Co-operative and Third Sector) (Wales) Regulations 20152015 No. 1500 (W. 172) 8 July 2015 6 April 2016    Explanatory Memorandum

In addition, the UK Government made this Order:

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2017

Consideration of the legislation by the Senedd

The Bill was introduced on 28 January 2013 by Gwenda Thomas AM, who was the Deputy Minister for Social Services at the time. The Bill was passed by Senedd Cymru (known then as National Assembly for Wales) on 18 March 2014.

More information about the Bill is available on the Senedd’s website, including a record of the passage of the Bill through the Senedd and the Explanatory Memorandum that was prepared by the Welsh Government (as amended after Stage 2). 

The Act received Royal Assent on 1 May 2014.

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21 February 2024