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A new dawn

Lynn Buckley offers a comprehensive outline of the Care Act's wider impact on vulnerable clients and the potential role that charities may have to play in bridging the care provision gap

30 June 2015

The Care Act 2014 has paved the way for a revolution in social care legislation, bringing an end to a disjointed and uncertain era. The Act applies only to England as social care is now devolved (Wales has implemented the Social Services Well-being (Wales) Act 2014). Guidance was issued by the Department of Health in October 2014 and has many potential impacts, some of which I will discuss here. Final implementation of the Act will take effect on April 2016, when the funding element of the Act comes into force.

The Statutory Guidance:
key points

The Act puts into legislation a number of new concepts, not only in relation
to the person in need of care, but also
in relation to their carers'.

1. The wellbeing principle

The Act brings into focus the importance of considering the whole &#...

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