The Care Act 2014

What is the Care Act?

From April 2015 the new Care Act will come into place, strengthening the rights and recognition of carers with clearer entitlement to an assessment of need. In April 2016 the second part of the Care Act will come into effect with major reforms to the way social care is funded including the introduction of a cap on care costs.

The Care Act also introduces a ‘Whole Family Approach’ looking at the impact of a person’s needs on family members. Provisions for young carers under the Care Act 2014 link with those in the Children and Families Act 2014. The rights of parent carers have also been strengthened under an amendment to the Children Act 1989.

The Act makes new rules about working with young carers, or adult carers of disabled children, to plan an effective and timely move to adult care and support.


How does it affect carers?

  • Promoting wellbeing is a new local authority duty when carrying out any care and support function and is a guiding principle. It applies equally to carers as well as to people with support needs.
  • Local authorities will need to provide comprehensive information and advice about care and support services in their local area.
  • The Care Act gives a carer who appears to have needs for support an entitlement to an assessment regardless of the amount of care provided. This assessment will consider the impact of caring on the carer. It will also consider the things that a carer wants to achieve in their own day-to-day life, and other important issues, such as whether the carer is able or willing to carry on caring, whether they work or want to work, and whether they want to study or do more socially. If both the carer and the person they care for agree, a combined assessment of both their needs can be done.
  • The Care Act introduces national rules for deciding who is eligible for care and support. The local authority will make a decision as to whether your needs meet the rules about whether you have ‘eligible needs’.
  •  A local authority must draw up a support plan if a carer has eligible needs, detailing how they will be met.
  • If you have eligible needs the support plan must include details about the needs the council is going to meet and any personal budget available.

Find out more and search for Care Act factsheets. Factsheet 8 relates specifically to carers. and search for the Care Act under Adult Social Care