What the Care Act means for me

The Care Act came into effect from 1 April 2015, leading to the following changes:

  • Local authorities have a general responsibility to promote people's well-being, focusing on prevention and providing information and advice
  • The introduction of a consistent, national eligibility criteria
  • New rights to support for carers, so they have the same rights as the people for whom they care
  • Legal right to a personal budget and direct payment
  • New responsibilities around transition, provider failure, supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding

Major reforms to the way that social care is funded will be effective from April 2016, including:

  • A lifetime 'cap' of no more than £72,000 for individuals on reasonable care costs to meet their eligible needs
  • An increase in the capital threshold for people in residential care who own their own home.

Independent Age – User guide to the Care Act