The Care Act 2014Legislation

The Care Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14th May 2014.

The Act creates a single law for adult care and support, replacing more than a dozen different pieces of legislation. It provides the legal framework for putting into action some of the main principles of the White Paper Caring for our Future: Reforming Care and Support.

The Act introduces new duties on, or requirements of local authorities in relation to: embedding individual wellbeing at the heart of all of their care and support arrangements; an enhanced focus on prevention; the initial inclusion of people who do not have eligible needs; strengthened rights for carers; adherence to a new national eligibility system with a minimum threshold; market-shaping and -management; a new legal framework for safeguarding adults; and new duties to act in partnership with others and with a focus on integration with health. It also sets out a new model of paying for care, putting in place a cap on the care costs.

Much of the practical detail is in the regulations and guidance accompanying the Act: Care and Support Statutory Guidance, DH, October 2014. The implementation for Part 1 of the Act is April 2015. The cap on care costs which is also in Part 1 of the Act will not be introduced until 2016/17.

Carers/Recognition and Services Act 1995 - repealed from April 2015, Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 - repealed from April 2015, Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 - repealed from April 2015

The implementation of the Care Act 2014 (April 2015) will repeal these three Acts and they will be replaced by the Care Act.

View the full Care Act 2014