The Care Act received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. This means the Care Act is now law. This factsheet has been produced to accompany Part 1 of the Act and will come into force on 1 April 2015.
This factsheet describes how the Care Act and supporting regulations and guidance give people maximum control over how their needs are met. Everyone’s needs for care and support are different, and needs can be met in many different ways. The care and support planning process is there to help decide the best way to meet the person’s needs. It considers a number of different things, such as what needs the person has, what they want to achieve, what they can do by themselves or with the support they already have, and what types of care and support might be available to help them in the local area. The planning process takes place with the local authority and the person, any carer they have and any other person they ask the authority to involve. Where the person lacks the capacity to ask, any person who appears to the authority to be interested in the adult’s welfare should be involved. This process will decide how to meet the needs of the person, and the local authority must do everything it reasonably can to reach agreement with the person as to how their needs should be met.