Advocacy gain

VITAL advocacy services to give people a voice and control, secure rights and represent their interests, should now be more widely available in Wales thanks to new amendments to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill. On Tuesday, the National Assembly for Wales voted in favour of amendments to add duties to provide access to advocacy services to the Bill and remove potential powers to charge for these services. Age Cymru commends the Welsh government and National Assembly for Wales on this move. We have long campaigned for rights to independent advocacy services for older people in Wales. Age Cymru called for advocacy duties to be included in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill and then for advocacy services to be provided free at the point of use, when the threat of charging emerged.

We are therefore delighted with these developments, which secure in Welsh legislation, the provision of advocacy services, free at the point of use.

This is great news for us and all the organisations that joined us in a united call for advocacy in the Bill last year. Most importantly, it is great news for people in Wales who should benefit from improved access to advocacy services in future.

If any of your readers feel that they, or someone they know, may benefit from advocacy, they can contact Age Cymru’s advice line on 08000 223 444 to find their nearest service.

Amy Clifton Policy Advisor Age Cymru Cardiff

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7:29pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Mervyn James says...

We don't need advocates, we simply need for systems to obey the law of the land, why we should need someone ELSE to ask for that defies rationale... is ti a job creation scheme for charities or what ? make systems put up or take court action, simples. I'm all for advocates for those unable to ask, but how many of them are there ?

We need mass litigation cases against those who flout the law. As I understand it, hit them in the pocket, then they listen.
We don't need advocates, we simply need for systems to obey the law of the land, why we should need someone ELSE to ask for that defies rationale... is ti a job creation scheme for charities or what ? make systems put up or take court action, simples. I'm all for advocates for those unable to ask, but how many of them are there ? We need mass litigation cases against those who flout the law. As I understand it, hit them in the pocket, then they listen. Mervyn James
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