We welcome the Welsh Government’s decision to prioritise support for social care as part of its new Economic Action Plan, which was published today (Wednesday 13 December).
The Plan was launched by Ken Skates, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport and it states that:
“The role of care is central to strong communities and we will make care one of the foundation sectors that attract government support. We will work with the sector to better understand the barriers and challenges it faces, so that, in partnership, we can develop cross-government support.”
The Plan states that the Welsh Government will:
“review the Small Business Rate Relief consultation outcome for opportunities to support care providers.
work with Business Wales to create a social care provider business network by the end of July 2018
develop bespoke business communications aimed at care providers to raise awareness of opportunities, expertise and support available.”
Sue Evans, our Chief Executive said:
“We warmly welcome the Welsh Government’s decision to prioritise business and skills support for the social care sector. Social care plays a vital role at the heart of communities across the country. It provides support, rewarding employment and improved well-being to many thousands of people. Around 80,000 people are employed in social care. Social care offers employment opportunities in every community in Wales, both rural and urban. We are delighted to support the Welsh Government’s aim of good jobs close to home.
“The Welsh Government has said that its starting point will be to establish constructive relationships, to understand the barriers and challenges as well as the significant opportunities for growth and innovation. I welcome this approach and look forward to working with the Welsh Government and the care sector to deliver on these ambitions.”