The Care Act 2014

What is the Care Act?

The Care Act brought the biggest changes seen in Adult Social Care for over 60 years.

To a greater or lesser degree, The Care Act affects all people who need social care as well as their carers, local authorities, service care providers and the wider population.

Previous areas of legislation were brought into a single place and there are additional duties for local authorities. 

The main focus of the Act is to promote wellbeing, emphasising supporting people to maintain their independence. The Act also concentrates on providing individuals with more choice about the care they wish to receive.

Other significant areas of The Care Act include:

  • Supporting people who pay for their own care in assessing, planning, and managing their care
  • A new national eligibility threshold created by the government. This means the point at which local people become eligible for social care support is equal across the whole of the UK
  • New rights for carers, giving them the same eligibility for services as the adults they care for
  • The requirement for local authorities to provide information and advice to individuals, helping them make informed decisions about the best way they can receive care

The ‘Think Local Act Personal’ website provides information which helps to explain some of the language used in relation to the Care Act.

The Department of Health have provided documents which give further detail about the changes the Act brings:

What The Care Act means for you

Since April 2015, the duties of The Care Act 2014 will mean that social care is changing for the better. In some situations, local authorities are required to provide care and support in a different way.

Select the following headings to find out how the Act changes how people receive their care:

Carers SHOW

Information and advice  SHOW

Needs and eligibility SHOW

Personal Budgets and Direct Payments SHOW

Care planning and reviews SHOW

Financial reforms SHOW

Safeguarding SHOW

Transition (Preparing for adulthood) SHOW

Advocacy SHOW

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