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How do I secure nursing home fees in Wales for care given before the Social Services and Well-being Act 2014 came into force on 6 April 2016?

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Published on LexisPSL on 15/07/2016

The following Local Government Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • How do I secure nursing home fees in Wales for care given before the Social Services and Well-being Act 2014 came into force on 6 April 2016?
  • Change in law

Where a person avails themselves of care and support provided by the local authority, the local authority while having a duty to provide the care is also entitled to charge for it. A stay in residential care almost always incurs a monthly charge and if unpaid, any sum due may be recovered like any other debt.

For information on preventing social care debt in England, see Checklist: Checklist for prevention of accumulation of social care debt.

Change in law

Parts of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 (SSW(W)A 2014) came into force on the 6 April 2016 under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Commencement No 3, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2016, SI 2016/412.

The SSW(W)A 2014, s 70 sets out the general provisions governing a local authority’s recover of a debt.

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