The Care Act means big changes for carers

Amid the April fools jokes, news of a Benedict Cumberbatch model made of chocolate, and the many politician parody videos that seem to be big news at the moment, you could be forgiven for missing the introduction of the Care Act which came into force yesterday, 1 April 2015.

The Act was described as the ‘most significant reform of care and support in 60 years’ by care minister, Norman Lamb, and he was not exaggerating.

thecareactThe Act will mean big changes for carers who for the first time have been granted the same rights as those they care for. Carers are now entitled to an assessment regardless of their needs or financial circumstances and may be eligible for support in their own right. The Act also makes provisions for transition assessments for anyone who is likely to have needs for adult care and support on turning 18.

While these changes should be celebrated (any excuse for cake!) we must now turn our attention to ensuring the changes are properly implemented. With continued cuts to social care funding the new duties will place strain on the budgets of local authorities, who are being asked to do a lot more, with less to pay for it.

Social care funding is top of our list of 10 key priorities for carers that we shared with prospective parliamentary candidates at the beginning of this year. We are urging them not to forget about carers this General Election.

Don’t forget to tweet support for these changes and our key messages this election using the hashtag #ThinkCarer2015.

Rachel Harris is a member of the Policy and Research Team at Carers Trust

April 2, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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