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Briefing

Care Act 2014

03 June 2014

The Care Act received Royal Assent on the 14th of May 2014.

Part 1 of the new Act consolidates and modernises the framework of social care law.

This briefing covers the main relevant provisions for carers.

The Care Act brings those funding their own care into the care system with obligations on local authorities relating to information and advice, universal services, assessments and market shaping among others all applying to self-funders. It also sets out a new model of paying for care, putting in place a cap on the care costs which an individual is liable for.

Importantly, the Act strengthens the rights and recognition of carers in the social care system, including, for the first time giving carers a clear right to receive services. These are by far the strongest rights for carers yet.
The Care Act covers adult social care in England only. The Children and Families Act 2014 includes new duties for the assessment of young carers and parent carers of children under 18.

Much of the practical detail is in the regulations and guidance accompanying the Act. A consultation on draft regulations and guidance will take place during the summer of 2014 and final regulations and guidance will be published in October 2014 ready for implementation in April 2015.

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