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Care Act 2014

Adult social care is changing.

On 1 April 2015, the Care Act becomes law, which will mean a number of changes in the way adult social care is delivered. Most of the changes are about the way things get done and are intended to make sure the customer has more control and receives a service which is flexible, innovative and is designed around them.

The main themes of the act are to promote wellbeing, to prevent or delay the development of needs, to make sure the customer has as much control as possible and to make sure everyone works together.

These are some of the main improvements -

  • there will be one national set of eligibility criteria so that people with the same needs get the same level of support wherever they live in the country
  • anyone who appears to need support will be able to get an assessment which will be based on risk and the impact their needs have on their life
  • carers will be entitled to more services in their own right. This will be based on risk and the impact that caring has on their life
  • it will be easier to get information and advice about what services and support are available, and what choices are available
  • from 1 April 2016, there will be a cap on the amount of money each individual is expected to contribute towards the cost of their care, which may be set at different levels for people of different ages, but is currently proposed to be £72,000 in 2016

The new law means that people will be able to get help earlier and will be supported to stay independent and in control. When people do need support, there will be a limit on how much they will have to pay towards this over their lifetime.

Find out more about the Care Act and Adult Social Care (link opens in a new window)

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