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Care Act 2014

Introduction

From April 2015, care and support in England changed for the better. The new Care Act helped to make care and support more consistent across the country.

The national changes were designed to put you in control of the help you receive.

Any decisions about your care and support will consider your wellbeing and what is important to you and your family, so you can stay healthy and remain independent for longer.

The changes which were effective from April 2015 included:

- A new national level of care and support needs to make care and support more consistent across the country 

- New support for carers

- Deferred payment agreements for care costs

Why did it change?

As people are now living longer and with a better quality of life, the care and support needs they have are different. The way care and support is provided has to change to reflect this. A new Care Act has been passed to make care and support, and the way we pay for it, clearer, easier to access and more consistent across the whole of England.

Proposed changes in 2020

On 17 July 2015 the government announced their decision to delay the introduction of the cap on care costs system and the duty on local authorities to meet the eligible needs of self-funders in care homes until April 2020. The proposed appeals system for care and support is also being delayed.

The delay will allow time to be taken to ensure that everyone is ready to introduce the new system and to look at what more can be done to support people with the costs of care.

The government has since announced that the cap on care costs would not be introduced. They intend to publish a green paper for social care by summer 2018, to set out the proposals for the social care reform.

Cap on care costs

At the moment there is no limit to what care and support can cost, and this means that people with very high care needs may have to pay expensive bills.

Last reviewed: 19/06/2018

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