Partnership Arrangements: Wales

December 18th, 2015 by James Goudie KC

The Partnership Arrangements (Wales) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/1989 (W.299), made pursuant to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, make provision for partnership arrangements between local authorities and Local Health Boards; and set out the requirements for each Local Health Board, and the local authorities within the area of each Local Health Board, to take part in partnership arrangements for the carrying out of specified health and social services functions. The Regulations also make provision, amongst other things, for the operation and management of the partnership arrangements, the establishment of regional partnership boards and the establishment and maintenance of pooled funds.

Regulations 2 to 8 describe the Local Health Boards and the local authorities which are to take part in partnership arrangements. They also require the establishment of seven regional partnership boards and require the partnership arrangements to be carried out under the direction of a specified regional partnership board.

Regulation 9 and Schedule 1 describe the functions of Local Health Boards and local authorities which are to be carried out by the partnership arrangements. Regulations 10, 11 and 12 provide for the objectives of the regional partnership boards, together with membership and reporting requirements.  Regulation 13 provides for the sharing of information between partnership bodies, integrated family support teams and regional partnership boards.  Regulation 14 enables each partnership body to delegate functions to another partnership body for the purposes of the partnership arrangements.

Regulations 15 to 18 contain specific provision in relation to partnership arrangements for carrying out family support functions (as specified in Schedule 4) and the establishment of integrated family support teams. These arrangements are intended to provide continuity with current arrangements under Part 3 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010.

Regulation 19 requires pooled funds to be established and maintained in relation to specific functions of partnership bodies.

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