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The Care Act - one year on

Tuesday 5th July

A year on from the introduction of the Care Act, a review by Carers Trust has found that the new act has made little or no difference to the 5.4 million carers in England.

Carers Trust surveyed and spoke to unpaid carers looking after their sick or disabled family and friends, and to health and social care professionals to find out how well they thought the new act, which entitles carers to an assessment of their needs, was working.

The review, led by former care minister Paul Burstow, found a ‘mixed picture’ with examples of good practice, but in many cases found that the act had made no difference to carers.

It found:

  • Only 21% of respondents felt that things had changed as a result of The Care Act 2015
  • 65% of carers who responded said they had not had an assessment, while 4% didn’t know whether or not they’d had an assessment
  • Only 5% of respondents were non-white, suggesting that the act was failing to be implemented in Black and Minority Ethnic groups
  • 31% had received an assessment and described the quality as good

Download and read more about the report here.

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