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Disability and the Law: Adults

A number of United Kingdom Acts are listed in this section for information. These Acts relate to disability, equality, carers and information. We have taken great care that the information in this section is accurate and up to date. But we would advise that before using the sections of the act you are interested in to check they are still in force and up to date.

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You must also remember that case law can also have an effect on the acts or sections of the act.

The Care Act 2014

This Act changes how care is delivered to disabled adults (18plus) and their carers. Largely the Act promotes the ‘wellbeing’ of adults with learning disabilities and their carers, the development of preventative care, integration with the NHS and the delivery of services and assessments. The Act will come into force in September 2015.

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Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970

This act places a duty upon local authorities to investigate the level of need for services for people with disability who live in their area. This includes the assessment and provision of practical assistance in the home, help with adaptations to property, leisure, and assistance with meals and a telephone.

The apparent meaning of this act has been modified by decisions of the courts. Reference should therefore also be made to the relevant case law summaries.

Disability Discrimination Act 1995

The Disability Discrimination Act is a piece of legislation that promotes civil rights for disabled people and protects disabled people from discrimination.

From 1 October 2010, the majority of the Equality Act 2010 will be implemented and will replace major parts of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Equality Act 2010

This is intended to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all; to update, simplify and strengthen the previous legislation; and to deliver a simple, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.

The provisions in the Equality Act will come into force at different times to allow time for the people and organisations affected by the new laws to prepare for them. The Government is currently considering how the different provisions will be commenced so that the Act is implemented in an effective and proportionate way. In the meantime, the Government Equalities Office continues to work on the basis of the previously announced timetable, which envisaged commencement of the Act's core provisions in October 2010.