Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 modernises and consolidates the law on adult care in England into one statute and has been described as the biggest change to the law in 60 years. Key changes include the introduction of national eligibility criteria, a right to independent advocacy and, from 2016, a cap on care costs faced by self-funders. This page contains the latest news on the act and its implementation. Community Care Inform Adults subscribers can also benefit from practice advice on the legislation on our dedicated knowledge and practice hub on the act.
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The difference the Care Act can make to carers – and why too few benefit

May 26,2016

As the government prepares a new national carers strategy, Rachel Carter speaks to one carer about the realities of the role and what needs to change

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Social workers ‘face tension between promoting choice and independence’

May 11,2016

Achieving service users' preferred outcomes may not be best measure of success because of low aspirations, says social care finance expert

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Government sets out Care Act funding allocations for 2016-17

May 9,2016

The Department of Health will provide £433 million to help local authorities meet new Care Act requirements in 2016/17

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Care Act ‘failing to deliver’ as carers face long waits for assessments

May 7,2016

Carers UK calls on government to set out expectations for assessment timescales after survey reveals concerns

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Government rejects service user plea for investigation into ‘Care Act breaches’

April 20,2016

Care minister Alistair Burt dismisses user-group’s request for a CQC probe into Norfolk Council’s adult social care department

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The human cost of the government’s delay to the Care Act funding reforms

April 19,2016

The cap on care costs had been due to come into force this month but has been delayed until 2020. Clare Evans explains what this means for self-funders like her

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Your Care Act questions answered on assessment and eligibility

April 18,2016

Legal trainer Belinda Schwehr answers practitioners' more pressing questions on Care Act assessment and eligibility for service users

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Social care cases to be audited after user-group claims council breached Care Act

April 12,2016

Norfolk Council requested the audit. It will be carried out by SCIE and funded by the Local Government Association

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Are adult care cuts putting councils at more risk of legal challenges?

April 5,2016

A Court of Protection solicitor explains the key care Care Act duties local authorities need to keep in mind to avoid challenge in an age of austerity

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One year on, what has the Care Act achieved?

April 1,2016

While councils project optimism about the legislation's impact, cuts to care packages, problems meeting advocacy duties and social work shortages are sources of concern

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‘Care Act guidance on safeguarding must be clearer to ensure victims are protected’

March 31,2016

It is not enough to simply reflect the wording of the legislation, writes Gary Fitzgerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse

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Your Care Act questions on advocacy and reviews answered

March 23,2016

Legal trainer Belinda Schwehr responds to questions about reviews of care plans and advocacy rights under the Care Act

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Care Act information gaps preventing timely assessments of need, finds research

March 22,2016

Independent Age survey also finds almost half of councils are not meeting Care Act requirements on top-up agreements

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Care Act triggers surge in safeguarding cases

March 16,2016

Latest LGA stocktake shows councils handled 100,000 safeguarding enquiries in first six months of legislation coming into force

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Care Act 2014: councils told to give principal social workers power to improve practice

March 14,2016

Clarification of adults’ principal social worker role among series of changes made to statutory care and support guidance

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Council cuts proposals ‘fly in face of Care Act’ and risk legal challenge

March 2,2016

Warning comes as user-group writes to health secretary urging him to order a CQC investigation into one council’s commissioning

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