The Care Act 2014 largely came into force in April 2015 and
it is seen by many as the most significant piece of legislation
affecting social care for years. The old system was seen as
outdated and unclear, whilst the Care Act 2014 contains some key
new duties, including overriding “principles” which must be adhered to.
The key principles are as follows:
- Wellbeing principle.
- Preventing the need for care and support.
- Integration of care and support with health services.
- Information and advice.
- Diversity and quality of services.
The Local Authority is under an obligation to assess an individual
if they appear to have needs for care and support. The threshold
of “appear” is quite low and no formal request for an assessment is
The assessment must be person centred and holistic and it must take
into account the views and wishes of the individual.
To be entitled to care and support from the Local Authority, the need
must arise from or be related to a physical or mental impairment or
illness. As a result of the needs, the adult must be unable to achieve
two or more of the “specified outcomes” and as a consequence, there
is, or there is likely to be, a significant impact of the adult’s well-being.
There is now a duty to assess carers on the appearance of need.
The Local Authority should consider a carer’s needs arising as a
consequence of providing necessary care for an adult.
If you would like any further information on the Care Act 2014, and
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