The Welsh Labour Government has confirmed a huge funding boost for social services in Wales, with an extra £20 million invested in social services every year.
The funding will help make sure social services is sustainable, supporting local councils facing pressure as a result of the UK Government’s spending cuts.
Welsh Labour’s Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, said:
“Welsh Labour’s commitment to investing in and supporting social services is absolute.
“The Welsh Labour Government has long recognised the huge importance of social services, which is why we continue to invest heavily.
“With our focus on prevention, we expect this funding boost to have a significant positive impact on people’s lives, while at the same time supporting colleagues in local government struggling with funding cuts passed down from the Tory UK Government.
“This major investment from the Welsh Labour Government will improve outcomes for the most vulnerable people in society, helping reduce the numbers of children going into care, and improve support for carers.”
The funding – totalling £20 million every year – will support three key priorities:
• £9 million will increase funding already made available to manage workforce costs, and promote the stability of the social care market
• £8 million will support work to prevent children from entering care and improve outcomes for those leaving care
• £3 million will be provided to local authorities to support respite for carers given the critical role they play