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Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

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Meeting care and support needs of adults

35Duty to meet care and support needs of an adult

(1)A local authority must meet an adult’s needs for care and support if it is satisfied that conditions 1, 2 and 3 are met (but see subsection (6)).

(2)Condition 1 is that the adult is—

(a)ordinarily resident in the local authority’s area, or

(b)of no settled residence and within the authority’s area.

(3)Condition 2 is that—

(a)the needs meet the eligibility criteria, or

(b)the local authority considers it necessary to meet the needs in order to protect the adult from abuse or neglect or a risk of abuse or neglect.

(4)Condition 3 is that—

(a)there is no charge for the care and support needed to meet those needs, or

(b)there is a charge for that care and support but—

(i)the local authority is satisfied on the basis of a financial assessment that the adult’s financial resources are at or below the financial limit,

(ii)the local authority is satisfied on the basis of a financial assessment that the adult’s financial resources are above the financial limit but the adult nonetheless asks the authority to meet his or her needs, or

(iii)the local authority is satisfied that the adult lacks capacity to arrange for the provision of care and support and there is no person authorised to make such arrangements under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 or otherwise in a position to do so on the adult’s behalf.

(5)For the meaning of “financial assessment” and “financial limit” see Part 5.

(6)The duty under subsection (1) does not apply to an adult’s needs to the extent that the local authority is satisfied that those needs are being met by a carer.

36Power to meet care and support needs of adult

(1)A local authority may meet an adult’s needs for care and support if the adult is—

(a)within the local authority’s area, or

(b)ordinarily resident in the authority’s area, but outside its area.

(2)If a local authority meets the needs of an adult who is ordinarily resident in the area of another local authority under subsection (1), it must notify the local authority in whose area the adult is ordinarily resident that it is doing so.

(3)A local authority has the power to meet needs under this section whether or not it has completed a needs assessment in accordance with Part 3 or a financial assessment in accordance with Part 5.

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