Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services
Members will wish to note that the code of practice in relation to measuring social services performance has become the first statutory code of practice issued under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
This code of practice will come into force on commencement of the Act on 6 April 2016. Local authorities will be required to return national performance information in relation to their social services functions. This information will be reported in 2017, and replace all existing social services performance information.
I am confident this will enable local authorities and Welsh Government to understand performance in relation to the delivery of duties under the Act.
National returns will allow comparisons and enable local authorities to benchmark their performance against others to learn and improve and inform national policy development.
Working in partnership with local authorities, an underpinning guidance document has also been published to support the collection of the information stated in the code of practice.