We are changing the care and support system in the most comprehensive overhaul since 1948, to make it clearer and fairer.

The new system will focus on people’s wellbeing, supporting them to live independently for as long as possible. Care and support will be centred on people’s needs, giving them better care and more control over the care they receive. We will also provide better support for carers.

The ‘Caring for our future’ White Paper sets out our vision for the reformed care and support system. The draft Care and Support Bill creates a single modern piece of law for adult care and support, replacing complex and outdated legislation. The progress report on funding reform sets out the government’s position on social care funding.

New online tool to search and compare local care providers

A new tool allowing users to search and compare any Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered home care, residential or nursing home provider is now available online at NHS Choices. The Provider Quality Profile was launched as part of the Caring … Read more → – New online tool to search and compare local care providers

Developing the use of direct payments in residential care

The Department wants to identify local authorities that would like to be involved in developing the use of direct payments in residential care. The White Paper ‘Caring for our future: reforming care and support’, published on 11 July, committed to … Read more → – Developing the use of direct payments in residential care

Andrew Lansley on the white paper – video

Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley

In this video the Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley makes the following points: Today we are publishing our proposals for how we can reform care and support We all recognise that there has been a system that has tended to … Read more → – Andrew Lansley on the white paper – video

The new person-centred system – infographic

Quality infographic

This infographic shows how people will be at the centre of the new care and support system, choosing between a range of high-quality options, or creating their own. Click to see a larger version of this graphic

Frances Patterson: Law Commission respond to white paper and draft bill – video

Frances Patterson

In this video, Frances Patterson makes the following points: I am delighted to see that in the white paper, the government has embraced the recommendations of the Law Commission In particular of note are the provisions proposed in the draft … Read more → – Frances Patterson: Law Commission respond to white paper and draft bill – video

Who needs care – infographic

Who needs care infographic - icon

This infographic shows the chances of needing different types of care when you are 65, including the numbers of people needing residential care, domiciliary care, and those who will never need care. Click to see a larger version of this … Read more → – Who needs care – infographic

Current and new system flowchart – infographic

Current and new system flowchart infographic

This infographic shows how the new care and support system will promote wellbeing and independence to reduce the risk of people reaching a crisis point, and how this differs from the current system. Click to see a larger version of … Read more → – Current and new system flowchart – infographic

David Behan on the draft Bill – video

David Behan

In this video David Behan makes the following points: Alongside the white paper, we have published the draft Care and Support Bill The Bill gives the legal means to deliver the policy ambitions set out in the white paper Current … Read more → – David Behan on the draft Bill – video