What is the Care Act?

From April 2015, care and support in England is changing for the better. The Care Act will help to make care and support more consistent across the country.

What is 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. It can include help with things like getting out of bed, washing, dressing, getting to work, cooking meals, eating, seeing friends, caring for families and being part of the community.

It 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.

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

Your wellbeing

Many of us will need care and support at some point in our lives and most people will pay at least something towards the cost of their care. The new 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.

You could benefit from the changes if you:

  • receive care and support
  • support someone as a carer
  • are planning for future care and support

What is changing?

In April 2015, we will introduce:

  • A new national level of care and support needs to make care and support more consistent across the country
  • New support for carers

Further changes in 2020

The second phase of the Care Act, which was going to come into effect in April 2016, has now been delayed until 2020.

More about these changes

Legislation

On 14 May 2014, The Care Bill received Royal Assent and passed into law to become known as the Care Act 2014. Find out more about the background and our duty under the new Care Act rules.

Updated: 7 September 2016