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Carers’ policy in Wales

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This guidance covers the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.
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The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 superseded previous legislation. It brought in enhanced rights for carers in Wales.  

National priorities 

With carer representatives from health, local government, the third sector and carers themselves we have agreed three national priorities to improve the lives of carers. These priorities replace and build on previous work such as the Carers strategy for Wales (2013-2016). 

  • Supporting life alongside caring - All carers must have reasonable breaks from their caring role to enable them to maintain their capacity to care, and to have a life beyond caring.
  • Identifying and recognising carers - the need to improve carer’s recognition of their role and ensure they can access the necessary support. 
  • Providing information, advice and assistance - It is important that carers receive the appropriate information and advice where and when they need it.

Ministerial advisory group 

We have set up a Ministerial Advisory Group for Carers to lead the work and oversee progress against the national priorities.