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


This consultation asks for your views about the draft regulations and guidance on part 1 of the Care Act 2014.

Comments are welcome on as many or as few of the questions as you like. The questions are a guide but you can comment on any section of the guidance or regulations. Your comments will be published on this site.

Your comments will be used to clarify and improve the guidance and regulations.

This site is open for comment until 15 August 2014.

Care Act 2014: regulations and guidance

The Care Act 2014 contains core legal duties and powers relating to adult social care.

The Care Act also contains regulation making powers. These allow the government to make secondary legislation, regulations, that provide more detail.

The guidance is intended to provide local authorities with the information they need about how they should meet the legal obligations placed on them by the Act and the regulations.

The guidance will be used by local authority officers to plan care and support at a local authority level, as well as by practitioners. The guidance can also be used by people using care and support, their families, the voluntary sector and providers of care and support to help them understand the new system.

These draft regulations and guidance relate to the care and support reforms and provisions in the Care Act which will come into effect in April 2015. The guidance describes how the care and support system should operate in 2015/16.

Regulations and updated guidance to support implementation of the additional reforms which come into effect in April 2016, for example, the cap on care costs, will be subject to a separate consultation, to be published later this year.

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