The Care Act came into force in April 2015. The Act places general responsibilities on local authorities for promoting people's wellbeing, focusing on prevention and providing a universal information and advice service. It also included:
- The introduction of a consistent, national eligibility criteria for social care support
- New rights to support for carers, on an equivalent basis to the people they care for,
- Legal right to a personal budget and direct payment,
- The extension of local authority adult social care responsibility to include prisons, and
- New responsibilities around transition, provider failure, supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding.
Our seven minute animated video gives a simple summary of the Care Act and what it means for Surrey.
More detail on the Care Act from the Department of Health is available through the following links:
Guidance and support for independent adult social care providers and providers of preventative services, is available on the Local Government Association website.