The Care Act 2014 is the biggest change to adult health and social care law in over 60 years. From April 2015, care and support in England is changing. The Care Act will help to make care and support more consistent across the country.
Changes Being Made
In April 2015, the Government will be introducing:
- A new national level of eligibility criteria for accessing care and support from your council, to make care and support more consistent across the country.
- A new right for carers to receive support if they meet certain eligibility criteria.
- Changes to deferred payment agreements for people who want to use the value of their property to pay for residential care.
The Government plans to introduce more changes to the way people pay for care and support in 2016. These changes will protect people from facing unlimited care costs.
Proposed changes include:
- A lifetime cap on care costs.
- Extended financial support.