The Care Act
From April 2015, changes took effect to care and support in England. The Care Act will help to make care and support more consistent across the country.
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.
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.
If you receive care and support, or you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.
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 has changed?
In April 2015, we introduced:
- A new national level of care and support needs to make care and support more consistent across the country
- New support for carers
- Universal Deferred Payment Scheme
Cap on care costs
In April 2016, the second part of The Care Act was due to take effect which introduced a cap on care costs. However, the Department of Health announced on Friday 17 July 2015 that this will now take effect in April 2020. The delay will allow time to be taken to ensure that everyone is ready to introduce the new system and to look at what more can be done to support people with the costs of care. You can read the full letter from Care and Support Minister Alistair Burt by clicking here.