Measures to strengthen social sector access
Work on developing the social welfare sector is aims to ensure that the situation of residents improves and to promote the availability and attainability of services.
Improvements in service availability for older people will be furthered by the introduction on 1 March of legislation on service needs assessments.
During this year the system child welfare will be overhauled, including provision of deadlines for assessing the situation of children by social workers following applications to child welfare services.
In addition, legislation on income support will be amended to allow clients to see a social worker within a set time. Efforts will also be made to improve the dissemination of information to clients about the services they can use and the forms of support available in their ar