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The draft Care and Support Bill creates a single modern piece of law for adult care and support, replacing complex and outdated legislation.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.

Care Choices – helping people choose and compare good quality care and support

Care Choices, the new online care provider profiles, will be launched to the public in April this year. People will be encouraged to use them to help narrow down their search for good quality, registered care that meets their needs … Read more → – Care Choices – helping people choose and compare good quality care and support

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Government announces major reforms to funding of care and support

The Government has announced new measures for funding care to ensure that the elderly and those with disabilities get the care they need without facing unlimited costs. The new measures are based on the recommendations made in 2011 by the … Read more → – Government announces major reforms to funding of care and support

How the care and support funding reforms will work

Assessing your care needs Your local authority will help you identify the right care for you, and will provide information and advice on different services that are available locally. Staff at your local authority will discuss with you whether your … Read more → – How the care and support funding reforms will work

Health Secretary questioned on draft Care and Support Bill

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is giving evidence, alongside Department of Health ministers and directors, to the Joint Committee considering the Draft Care and Support Bill. You can watch the evidence session live between 9.45am and 1pm via Parliament Live TV. … Read more → – Health Secretary questioned on draft Care and Support Bill

Department seeks views on NICE standards to improve quality of social care

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb today announced a 12 week consultation to establish a full set of NICE quality standards and guidance for social care. The Department is seeking ideas from care users, their families and carers, service commissioners, … Read more → – Department seeks views on NICE standards to improve quality of social care

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Draft Care and Support Bill scrutinised by joint committee

The draft Care and Support Bill is now going through pre-legislative scrutiny. This means a joint committee, made up of 12 members from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, is considering the draft Bill. The committee … Read more → – Draft Care and Support Bill scrutinised by joint committee

National Voices launch consultation on ‘integrated’ care

This week National Voices, the national coalition of health and social care charities and its members, has launched a consultation on what constitutes high quality, person-centred and coordinated (‘integrated’) care. This work has been commissioned by the NHS Commissioning Board … Read more → – National Voices launch consultation on ‘integrated’ care

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Summary of responses to the draft Care and Support Bill consultation published

The Department has published a summary of the views received as part of the consultation process on the draft Care and Support Bill. Public consultation on the draft bill was from 11 July to 19 October 2012. Over 1,000 comments … Read more → – Summary of responses to the draft Care and Support Bill consultation published

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