Guide to the Care Act 2014 and implications for providers

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Local Government Association (England and Wales)
Local Government Association
Date of publication
15 December 2014
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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The Care Act 2014, together with a range of regulations and statutory guidance, is the base upon which social care will develop over the next few decades. It enshrines the new statutory principle of individual wellbeing, the driving force behind the Act, and makes it the responsibility of local authorities to promote wellbeing when carrying out any of their care and support functions. Most of the Act’s changes take effect from April 2015. However, the major reforms to the way social care is funded, including the care cap and care account and new power to establish an appeals mechanism, will not come into operation until April 2016.

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