The Care Act replaces most current law regarding Carers and people being cared for. It outlines the way in which local authorities should carry out Carer’s assessments and needs assessments; how local authorities should determine who is eligible for support; the new obligations on local authorities; and how local authorities should charge for both residential care and community care.
The Care Act is mainly for adults in need of care and support, and their adult Carers. There are some provisions for the transition of children in need of care and support, parent carers of children in need of care and support, and young carers. However the main provisions for these groups (before transition) are in the Children and Families Act 2014.
Carers’ Trust have produced some fact sheets for Carers which can be accessed HERE
Wandsworth Council also has a fact sheet for Carers which can be downloaded.
The fact sheet has been designed with and for Carers as a helpful tool to explain what has changed with the new law, and what Carers in Wandsworth can expect.