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Care Act 2014: How should local authorities deliver the care and support reforms? Please give us your views


Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 will make a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in society for many years to come.

The Care Act places care and support law into a single, clear modern statute for the first time and enshrines the principle of individual wellbeing as the driving force behind it.

It ensures that people will have clearer information and advice to help them navigate the system, and a more diverse, high quality range of support to choose from to meet their needs.

The Act places more emphasis than ever before on prevention – shifting from a system which manages crises to one which focuses on people’s strengths and capabilities and supports them to live independently for as long as possible.

The Act will make the care and support system clearer and fairer for those who need it. The government will set a national minimum eligibility threshold to help people better understand whether they are eligible for local authority support. This also paves the way to allow older people and those with disabilities to move from one area to another with less fear of having their care and support interrupted.

For the first time, carers will be put on the same legal footing as the people they care for, with extended rights to assessment, and new entitlements to support to meet their eligible needs.

The Care Act also marks an overdue reform to the way that care is paid for. There are reforms to how people pay for care so they get more financial support from the state, and are protected from crippling costs if they develop conditions like dementia. The universal deferred payment scheme will ensure that people are not forced to sell their home during their lifetime to pay for care.

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