We will be responsible for delivering the changes in the new Care Act from April 2015. The Act is the biggest change to English adult social care law in over 60 years.
Currently there are many different laws regarding care and support which makes it difficult to know what care and support is available. The Act will bring them together to make just one new law, and also move statutory guidance onto a legislative basis.
This page is intended to help you understand the Act and to provide further information which you might find helpful.
Key areas of change for April 2015 include:
- General responsibilities on local authorities including promoting people’s wellbeing, focusing on prevention and providing information and advice;
- The introduction of a consistent, national eligibility criteria;
- New rights to support for carers, on an equivalent basis to the people they care for;
- Legal right to a personal budget and direct payment;
- The extension of local authority adult social care responsibility to include prisons; and
- New responsibilities around transition, provider failure, supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding.
Major Reforms for 2016 delayed.
The next reforms under the Care Act due to come into force on the 1 April 2016 have been delayed. This includes:
- care accounts,
- a lifetime cap on care costs
- increase in capital threshold for people in residential care and own their own home
- changes to the appeals process.
The Government has announced a delay for implementation until 2020. The delay will allow time to ensure that the infrastructure in terms of people, resource and development cost is ready to introduce the new system and to look at what more can be done to support people with the costs of care.
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