Adult social care law reform

Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Law Commission
Date of publication
10 May 2011
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Disabled people, Older Adults
Social welfare
Material type

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The legislative framework for adult social care is inadequate, often incomprehensible and outdated. It consists of a confusing patchwork of statutes enacted over 60 years. The existing legislation often overlaps and is inconsistent, leading to confusion and inefficiency as much time is needed to interpret and apply the law. The complexity of the framework may also frustrate the delivery of key government policies, such as personalisation and self-directed support. Government intervention is necessary as primary legislation is required to reform the law into a single, modern statute which local authorities, service users and carers can look at to understand whether services can and should be provided

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