The Care Act - briefings and statutory guidance for providers

A summary of the Care Act's key changes and guidance for senior stakeholders.

Partner and staff briefing

The Partner and Staff Briefing(pdf, 180KB) has been put together by the Department of Health to brief partners and senior stakeholders (such as Senior Managers, Directors, Board Members), as well as Council staff, about the forthcoming Care Act reforms.

The briefing provides a summary of care and support, the Care Act and the key changes coming into force in April 2015. It also explains the national and local campaign activity that will inform care users and carers of these changes.

The aim is to enable senior stakeholders to answer questions from customers, clients or colleagues.

For more information please see the Department of Health Factsheets.

Statutory guidance briefings

We have produced a number of briefings in response to the Care Act 2014 Care and Support Statutory Guidance. There are a total of 25 briefings(pdf, 2649KB), which you can navigate using the bookmarks in your PDF reader*.

*If you are using Google Chrome you may have to disable the built-in PDF viewer to see the bookmarks.

Final guidance summary

The final guidance outlines a number of things that Local Authorities 'Must Do and Should Do', in light of the introduction of the Care Act in April 2015.

  • Where the Act states ‘Must’ the local authority has a legal obligation to implement this section.
  • Where the Act states ‘Should’ a local authority should consider implementing this change and if the LA chooses not to make the change it must provide a reason for not doing so.

We have produced summary sheets(pdf, 2513KB) for each section of the Care Act, collating the ‘Must Do’s’ and ‘Should Do’s’ for each section. There are a total of 29 summaries, which you can navigate using the bookmarks in your PDF reader*.

*If you are using Google Chrome you may have to disable the built-in PDF viewer to see the bookmarks.

Updated: 12 June 2017