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Rebecca Evans AM
Biographical details and ministerial responsibilities of the Minister for Social Services and Public Health.

Rebecca Evans was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011 to represent the Mid and West Wales region. In 2016 she became Assembly Member for Gower.

Rebecca received a degree in History from the University of Leeds and attended Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, where she received a Master of Philosophy Degree. Before being elected, Rebecca worked in the third sector.

Rebecca has served on the National Assembly for Wales' Environment and Sustainable Development Committee and its Common Agricultural Policy Task and Finish Group. She has also served on the Health and Social Care Committee, and the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

In 2014 Rebecca was appointed Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, and in May 2016 she became Minister for Social Services and Public Health.

Rebecca’s wider political interests include equalities, welfare reform, tackling poverty, and rural affairs.

Rebecca lives near Llanelli with her husband, and is a keen Welsh learner.

The Minister for Social Services and Public Health is responsible for:

  • Policy and oversight of the provision of all social services activities of local authorities in Wales, including the issue of statutory guidance
  • Policy on care in the community
  • Oversight of the Care Council for Wales
  • Regulation of residential, domiciliary, adult placements, foster care, under 8's care provision and private healthcare in Wales
  • Inspection of, and reporting on, the provision of social services by local authorities in Wales (via the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales), including joint reviews of social services and responding to reports
  • The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
  • Public Health Wales Bill
  • All aspects of public health and health protection in Wales, including food safety and the fluoridation of drinking water
  • National strategy and policy for community sport, physical activity and active recreation in Wales, including sponsorship of the Sports Council for Wales
  • Promotion of walking and cycling, including the Active Travel (Wales) Act
  • The activities of the Food Standards Agency in Wales;
  • Genetically-modified food (but not the cultivation of genetically-modified crops)
  • Responsibility for the Prison Service health service, other than private contracts
  • Health impact of problem gambling
  • Substance misuse
  • Armed Forces and veterans’ health.
The Minister is responsible for the provision of social services in Wales including implementation of Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. This includes safeguarding for adults and older people (including Adult Practice Reviews and Adult Protection and Support orders); assessment, eligibility and care planning; advocacy for adults; and carers and disabled people; historic child abuse (support for adult survivors). The Minister has oversight of all regulation and inspection, and legislative and policy changes for both children and adults.

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