The Care Act 2014 came into effect in April 2015 and replaced most previous Laws regarding those requiring care and their carer. It is regarded as one of the most significant reforms, with the aim of putting people and their carers in control of their Care and Support.

Among the most significant changes established due to this act were:

  • A new set of criteria as to when Local Authorities should be providing support.
  • A change to the way in which Local Authorities complete assessments with those in need of support.
  • New rights for Carers which put them on the same footing as the people they care for.
  • A greater emphasis on protecting the most vulnerable people in society from abuse and neglect.
  • A greater emphasis on prevention - Local Authorities and other Providers of support will encourage and assist people to lead healthy lives which will reduce the chances of them needing increased support in the future.
  • A greater emphasis on Local Authorities to provide clear information and advice to help people make informed choices about their support arrangements.
  • A greater emphasis on Personal Budgets.
  • A greater emphasis on those most in need being given access to an advocate when they are dealing with Social Care Professionals.
  • Greater regulation for those who provide Professional Care and Support, and tougher penalties for those who do not provide care and support to a high enough standard.
  • Changes to when and how people will be asked to contribute towards the cost of support which has been arranged in conjunction with their Local Authority - most of these changes will not come into effect until 2020.

The Care Act is mainly for adults in need of care and support, and their adult carers. There are some provisions for the Transition of Children in Need of Care and Support, Parent Carers of Children in Need of Care and Support, and Young Carers. However, the main provisions for these groups (before Transition) are in the Children and Families Act 2014 (link to act)

For more information on the Care Act please click here.