The Care Act (2014) helps to make care and support more consistent across the country.

The first phase of the Care Act came into force on 1 April 2015, with a second now expected to take effect in 2020.

Key areas of change from April 2015 include:

  • general responsibilities on local authorities including promoting people’s wellbeing, focusing on prevention and providing information and advice
  • the introduction of new national eligibility criteria
  • new rights to support for carers on an equivalent basis to the people they care for
  • a legal right to a personal budget and direct payment
  • the extension of local authority adult social care responsibility to include prisons
  • new responsibilities around transition, provider failure, supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding

Throughout the implementation of the Care Act we will work with local people, voluntary sector organisations and care providers to ensure that they are aware of the changes the Care Act will bring and that services continue to meet the needs of local residents.

Care and support

‘Care and support’ is the term used to describe the help some adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have including help with things like:

  • getting out of bed
  • washing
  • dressing
  • getting to work
  • cooking meals or eating
  • seeing friends
  • caring for families
  • being part of the community

Care and support includes the help given by family and friends, as well as any provided by us and other organisations.

'Help' might also include emotional support at a time of difficulty and stress, helping people who are caring for an adult family member or friend, or even giving others a lift to a social event.

Your wellbeing

The national changes are designed to help you plan for the future and put you more 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 Care Act brings together a number of existing laws, and introduces new duties to local authorities to ensure that wellbeing, dignity and choice are at the heart of health and social care. It covers adult social care for anyone over the age of 18.

The aim is to ensure that partners work together to create an integrated approach to support for local residents over 18 years of age.

Further information about the Care Act

The Department of Health have published a series of useful guides:

You can see further information about the Care Act 2014 on the Skills for Care website.

Information about the Care Act is also available in other formats:

Information for providers

The Department for Health has produced statutory guidance about the Care Act.

The council has produced a series of Care Act information bulletins about the Care Act for adult social care providers in York.

The Care Act and other legislation

The Care Act links to new reforms to the care and support available to Children and Young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), which relates to young people aged between 0-25 years of age. See further details regarding the implementation of SEND reforms.

The Children and Families Act (2014) introduces a system of support which extends from birth to 25. Read about links between the Children and Families Act and the Care Act.

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