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Who’s eligible?

What does the Care Act actually mean for the eligibility of state care, ask Matthew Barnett and Emily Grosvenor-Taylor

25 June 2015

Following five years of consultation and review, part 1 of the Care Act 2014 eventually came into force on 1 April 2015. This part of the Act deals with the way in which local authorities should carry out carers' assessments and needs assessments, how they should determine who is eligible for support and, also contains details of the new wide ranging obligations on local authorities.

Here we will focus on the criteria set out in the Act for assessing who is eligible for state care and the implications that the Act will have for the accessibility of care as a result.

The significance of the Act is that it aims to ensure that individuals are able to remain in control and can make key decisions about their own care. The assessment is one of the key interactions between a local authority and an individual, be that an adult requiring care or a carer. As a result, the Act requires adul...

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