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Care Act 2014

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On 1 April 2015, the Care Act 2014 overhauled the Social Care system and changed almost every aspect relevant to the provision of care and support to older people and those with disabilities. At the same time, the Care and Support Statutory Guidance (issued under the Care Act 2014) came in to effect, setting out the Regulations that underpin the new provisions.

The Care Act has introduced changes to each of the following areas of Community Care Law and Social Care Law:

  • National minimum eligibility criteria – a national level of care and support needs which must be met by all Social Services
  • More support and access to services for carers
  • Safeguarding Adults At Risk – Social Services’ safeguarding duties are now statutory
  • Councils have to work together to make sure you don’t have a gap in your care if you move to another area in England; &
  • Deferred Payment Agreements extended to all of England (so you shouldn’t have to sell your home in your lifetime to pay for your care)

Following an announcement made by the Government in July 2015, the main Paying for Care provisions to introduce the £72,000 capital cap, which was due to take effect in April 2016, has been postponed until April 2020.

Contact us today to speak to a specialist in community care law on 01273 609911, or email info@ms-solicitors.co.uk.

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