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Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014, which came into effect on 1st April 2015, represents the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support.

The Act combines various existing pieces of legislation which were previously used to shape how social care was arranged in Britain. The intention is that the Care Act will make it easier for the public to understand why things happen in a particular way.

Importantly the Care Act also changes many aspects of how support is arranged, and aims to give greater control and influence to those in need of support. 

In this section we provide an introduction to the main changes which came into effect from 1st April 2015, and more detailed information on how those changes now affect the way in which your council works to support you.

And Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster councils have each produced a leaflet which explains the main issues covered in the Care Act:-

One of the biggest changes under the Care Act means that people who look after an adult relative or friend with care needs will have the same right to assessment and support as the people they care for. The councils have also produced a leaflet called Carers and the Care Act to explain more:-

They have also produced a joint leaflet with answers to some of the most common questions you may have.

Delay in the implementation of the cap on care costs

Phase 2 of the Care Act - the 'cap on care costs' which was due to be implemented in April 2016 was delayed till 2020 by the Government. With current business, this may be further delayed or changed.