The Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 

The Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act came into force in April 2005 and is intended to provide a firm foundation for better practice by Local Authorities and Health Services. It builds on existing legislation and support for Carers by:

  • Placing a duty on Local Authorities to ensure that all Carers know that they are entitled to an Assessment of their needs.
  • Placing a duty on Local Authorities to consider a Carer’s outside interests (work, study or leisure) when carrying out an Assessment.
  • Promoting better joint working between Local Authorities and Health Services to ensure support for Carers is delivered in a coherent manner.