Wales

Changes made to address 'cliff-edge' care decisions

Mark Drakeford
Image caption Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the changes should maximise individuals' wellbeing and independence

Some of Wales' most vulnerable people will no longer have to be at crisis point before receiving support, after a new model of care was unveiled.

The Welsh government has changed the current system that sees "cliff-edge" decisions made when care is essential.

Local authorities will now work longer-term to assess individual needs and curb inconsistencies in delivery.

These changes should mean people have "stronger control" over care, with packages tailored to them.

Health minister Mark Drakeford said the new Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act would focus on local authorities working with people and their carers and families to "maximise an individual's wellbeing and independence".

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