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The Care Act

The Care Act sees the biggest change to care and support legislation in over 60 years. If you or someone you know receives care and support, or you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.

Changes for April 2015 include:

  • general responsibilities including promoting people’s wellbeing and independence, and providing clear information and advice
  • the introduction of a consistent, national eligibility criteria
  • new rights for carers who need support, in the same way as the people for whom they care 
  • legal right to a personal budget and direct payment
  • deferred payment agreements will be available across England
  • new responsibilities around transition, provider failure, supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding
  • the extension of local authority adult social care responsibility to include prisons


Major Reforms for 2016 delayed
The next reforms under the Care Act due to come into force on the 1 April 2016 have been delayed until 2020. This includes:

  • care accounts,
  • a lifetime cap on care costs
  • increase in capital threshold for people in residential care and own their own home
  • changes to the appeals process.

Read more about the Care Act here

Find out about assessments


Support information from The Carer's Trust


What does the Care Act mean for you?


Learn how to get assistance paying for care


Further information