I write in regards to your recent article: ‘More autism support’ from Assembly questioned’. I would like to set the record straight.
For the avoidance of doubt, the additional funding of £7 million I have announced for autism has been provided through the Integrated Care Fund. This funding is separate to the extra £20 million the Welsh Government has announced for social care, as a result of consequential funding received following the UK Government’s budget.
We are directly addressing the challenges faced by families affected by autism, through our comprehensive Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan. The National Integrated Autism Service, which has been developed in partnership with those who are affected, will provide tailored support for children and adults with autism throughout their lives. We are also introducing a new 26 week referral to assessment waiting time target.
I am proud of Wales’ track record on autism services and I am taking action to continue the improvements we have seen in this area. I am committed to ensuring people with autism, their families and carers, get the right support, at the right time, wherever they live in Wales.
Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health