The Welsh Liberal Democrats have expressed concerns regarding new social care regulations due to be passed by the Assembly next week.
The draft regulations state that residents are only eligible to benefit from social care services if their needs “can and can only” be met by the local authority. This clause has been met by concern by many including Luke Clements, Cerebra Professor of Law at Cardiff Law School and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Kirsty Williams made this issue the focal point of her questions to the First Minister today. The Welsh Lib Dems were the only party to vote against these changes when proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill which passed through the Assembly.
Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“These four words – ‘can and can only’ – may seem inconspicuous, but they have the potential to decimate social care as we know it.
“Hundreds of vulnerable people across Wales could be left without adequate care. Local councils are already considering cutting back their provision on the basis that they can afford to offload onto the voluntary sector and unpaid carers.
“Labour’s First Minster seems utterly complacent and unaware of the effect these changes will have on social care services. Labour need to wake up and smell the coffee, and amend these regulations before it’s too late.”