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Care Act 2014
Thursday 9th April
The Care Act 2014 came into effect on 1 April 2015. The Act is good news - it gives carers new rights.
The Care Act replaces most existing law about carers and people being cared for. The new Act means local authorities have a duty to assess the support needs of any carer, and these needs must be given the same recognition as the needs of those they care for. The new Act means carers will be entitled to a "Carer's Assessment".
The Act also outlines how the local authority should decide who is eligible for support, and how they should charge for both residential care and care within the community. The Act also introduced a duty for local authorities to promote "wellbeing". This means they should always focus on an individual's wellbeing when making decisions about them. For example, thinking about a carers wellbeing and the impact of caring when deciding on eligibility to receive support services to help them in their caring role.
Carers UK provide useful information about the Care Act and also have information booklets available to download on their website.