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


Working with housing authorities and providers

The Care Act is clear that the provision of suitable accommodation can be an integral part of care and support, and provides flexibility for local authorities to arrange different types of accommodation to meet a person’s care and support needs.

The Act is clear on the legal boundary between care and support and general housing responsibilities, to ensure that there is no overlap or confusion with the role of the local housing authority. The Act is not intended to change the current boundary between what the local authority may provide under housing provisions and what it required to provide under care and support provision.

The draft guidance on integration, co-operation and partnerships covers:

  • the place of housing in health and care and support system
  • integration of health, care and support and housing
  • ensuring cooperation with housing providers
  • integrating information and advice on housing
  • housing services which may not be provided to meet care and support needs

Question 53: Could local authorities’ duties in relation to housing be described more clearly in the guidance?

Read: guidance on integration, co-operation and partnerships Back to working with housing authorities and providers

Question 54: Are the links to prevention, integration, co-operation, information and advice, market shaping and assessments adequate?

Read: guidance on integration, co-operation and partnerships Back to working with housing authorities and providers

Question 55: How could guidance on the legal boundary between care and support and general housing responsibilities be improved?

Read: guidance on integration, co-operation and partnerships Back to working with housing authorities and providers

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