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On 14 May 2014, The Care Bill received Royal Assent and passed into law to become known as the Care Act 2014.


The Care Act represents the biggest change to Adult Social Care in over 60 years and will reform the law relating to the care and support of adults and their carers.

The Care Act is built around people’s needs and what they want to achieve in their lives. It seeks to rebalance the focus of care and support towards promoting wellbeing and preventing or delaying needs, putting people at the heart of the system.

Our duty

The Act consolidates much of the existing best practice as well as placing a number of new duties on the Local Authority, some major changes include:

  • Providing Borough-wide information and advice about care and support services to help people make the best choices
  • Offering support for self-funders in assessing, planning and managing their care
  • Implementing new rights for carers, putting them on the same footing as the adults they care for
  • Implementing a lifetime cap on care costs of £72,000 and monitoring an individual’s progress towards the cap

Care and Support Statutory Guidance

On 11 March 2016, the Department of Health issued an updated version of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance.

The Local Government Association have produced a summary where changes have been made to the guidance which provides further detail on the more significant amendments.

Updated: 22 December 2021

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