During its passage through Parliament more than 100 amendments were proposed following the Joint Committee’s scrutiny and recommendations from both the Dilnot Report and the Francis Report.
The Act strengthens the rights and recognition of carers in the social care system including, for the first time, giving carers a clear entitlement to receive services. In the current system local authorities weren’t required by law to provide support to carers. Now if a carer is eligible for support for particular needs, they will have a legal right to receive support for those needs, just like the people they care for. It will also put a limit on the amount anyone will have to pay towards the costs of their care.
These are by far the strongest rights for carers yet. We wait to see how this will translate into better provision when the law comes into force.
Click here for a brief summary of the Care Act. The key areas for carers in the Act are contained in Part One Care and Support. For more Department of Health guidance on the Act click on the links in each section.