I received the following letter from the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services to update me on the progress of WILG assessments.
It makes for interesting reading. I will be writing in response to this letter soon, but for now I think it is important to make sure that everyone is fully informed of their rights.
Thanks to Julie Morgan as ever for her sterling work in making the independent assessments, a reality.
Following my letter of 18th of April to former recipients of the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) regarding their ability to have an independent care assessment, I thought I would provide you with a brief update.
All local authorities have now have confirmed that they have circulated my letter to their former WILG recipients. Clearly people will need time to consider whether to have an independent assessment. I have asked recipients to let their local authority know their intentions by 14th June. To date, I understand that twenty-six former recipients have expressed an interest in having an independent assessment of their care needs. These are spread across ten authorities.
This number may well increase over the next three weeks. It is important that those people who wish to have an independent assessment are able to access it, but this is also in the context of the large number of people who we know are content with their new arrangements.
As regards to the sourcing [of] the independent assessments, the tender process is about to close. The bids we receive will be evaluated against bidders’ ability to meet quality and timeliness criteria, including to ensure the appropriate standard of social workers for the assessments are recruited. This is with a view to a contract being agreed in early June, with the practical arrangements being finalised during June, for the assessments themselves to commence from July.
I trust this is helpful. Please feel free to communicate this information to your network of former WILG recipients.
Julie Morgan AM
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services