The Care Act 2014
This article is a guide to the Care Act 2014 and how it affects you.
- About the Care Act 2014
- What role local authorities play in care and support
- How the Act aims to prevent people developing care and support needs
The Care Act 2014 reformed the law relating to care and support for adults, and the law relating to support for carers.
See GOV.UK for more information on the Care Act and care and support statutory guidance.
Links to and copies of accessible and easy read information about the changes brought about by the act are included on the right of this page.
Under the Care Act, local authorities take on new functions to make sure that people who live in their areas:
- receive services that prevent their care needs from becoming more serious, or delay the impact of their needs
- can get the information and advice they need to make good decisions about care and support
- have a range of providers offering a choice of high quality, appropriate services
You can read more about how South Gloucestershire Council assess eligible care and support needs here.
The South Gloucestershire Council local account is an annual report that sets out how well we are doing in meeting the needs of South Gloucestershire residents who require care and support.
The Care Act will help to improve people’s independence and wellbeing. It makes clear that local authorities must provide or arrange services that help prevent people developing needs for care and support or delay people deteriorating such that they would need ongoing care and support.
Local authorities have to consider various factors:
- what services, facilities and resources are already available in the area (for example local voluntary and community groups), and how these might help local people
- identifying people in the local area who might have care and support needs that are not being met
- identifying carers in the area who might have support needs that are not being met
In taking on this role, local authorities will work with their communities and provide or arrange services that help to keep people well and independent. This should include identifying the local support and resources already available and helping people to access them.
Local authorities should also provide or arrange a range of services which are aimed at reducing needs and helping people regain skills, for instance after a spell in hospital. They should work with other partners, like the NHS, to think about what types of service local people may need now and in the future.