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A matter of luck?

Without sufficient state funding for the Care Act, those in need of care will be left counting on nothing but their lucky stars, warns Maria Meek

23 June 2015

The Care Act 2014 came into effect on 6 April 2014, overhauling the provision of local authority care for adults in England for the first time in over 60 years. The act seeks to provide a national standard for both the assessment of a person's care needs, and the financial assessment undertaking in relation to funding those care needs.

However the most publicised element of the Act, the so called £72,000 cap on care fees, is not due to come into effect until April 2016. It is also subject to further review by the new Conservative government, and therefore may be subject to additional changes.

It is also not yet entirely clear how this cap will be funded. What is clear however, is that the cap in its current format is not likely to be retrospective; payments made will only count once a person has undergone a new assessment post April 2016.

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