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Care Act: How to afford and manage the changes

The Care Act 2014 paved the way for the biggest change in social care law in England for 60 years. Lynn Buckley gives an overview of the key points

21 December 2015

Guidance on the Care Act 2014 was issued by the Department of Health in October 2014. We now know that the final part
of the implementation of the Act, including the much-anticipated funding reforms (and the £72,000 cap), has been delayed until at least
2020 and perhaps beyond.

The Care Act put into law a number of new concepts, not only in relation to the person but
also to their carers.

1. Wellbeing principle

The Act brings into focus the importance of considering the wellbeing of the whole person, with local authorities having to consider not just the cost of providing care but also issues such as giving the person control over their day-to-day life and their physical and mental wellbeing.

2. Shift from providing services to
meeting needs

Following on from the wellbe...

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