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Care Act 2014

From April 1, the Care Act will become law in England and represents the biggest change to adult social care law in over 60 years.

If you currently receive care and support from the council or you provide care for someone, there is no need for you to do anything at the moment. You will continue to receive the same help from us.

This information is designed to make you aware of the Act and to provide further information and contact details which you might find helpful. We will update the information as more details become available.

The Care Act will come into effect from 1 April 2015 and the key areas of change are:

  • Local authorities will have a general responsibility to promote people's well-being, focusing on prevention and providing information and advice
  • The introduction of a consistent, national eligibility criteria
  • New rights to support for carers, so they have the same rights as the people for whom they care
  • Legal right to a personal budget and direct payment
  • New responsibilities around transition, provider failure, supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding.

Major reforms to the way that social care is funded will be effective from April 2016, including:

  • A lifetime 'cap' of no more than £72,000 for individuals on reasonable care costs to meet their eligible needs, and
  • An increase in the capital threshold for people in residential care who own their own home.

Implementing the Care Act in Walsall

We have established a Walsall Care Act Implementation Board led by the Assistant Director for Adult Social Care which will oversee the implementation of the act.

We have developed a programme of learning and development for staff and partners so that they may understand the new duties and are well equipped to deliver the new duties under the act.

We are refreshing our policies and procedures so that they are Care Act compliant and reflect current best practice.

We have developed a new Community Living Directory so that residents may locate services and support to meet their individual needs.

Between now and April we will use these pages to keep you up to date with key developments around information and advice as well as make residents and carers aware of the act, explaining how it will affect people in the borough.

More detail on the Care Act from the Department of Health

Care Act guidance

The Care Act

Useful videos

What is the The Care Act?

Introduction to the Care Act

Department of Health Factsheets on the Care Act

Department of Health Care Act Presentation

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Care Act resources

This page was last updated on 01 February 2017