What does the Care Act change?

The Care Act affects people who need social care, including their carers, local authorities and service providers.

Part one of the Care Act (April 2015) includes:

  • the introduction of a national eligibility criteria
  • new rights to support for carers, which will give them the same legal rights as the people they care for
  • greater integration of health and social care
  • a duty for local authorities to provide information, advice and advocacy.

The Second part of the Care Act (April 2020) includes:

  • a lifetime cap on care costs
  • changes to the residential means-test threshold

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