Much of the Care Act 2014 will come into force this April 2015 although notably the cap on care costs will not be coming into force until April 2016.
This new Act consolidates the majority of legislation currently in force in this area. The new Act is vast and detailed and brings with it Guidance of over 500 pages as well as various Regulations.
The Care Act begins with an overarching duty on local authorities to promote an individual’s well-being. The Act then defines Well-being:-
“Well-being”, in relation to an individual, means that an individual’s well-being so far as relating to any of the following:
(a) personal dignity (including treatment of the individual with respect);
(b) physical and mental health and emotional well-being;
(c) protection from abuse and neglect;
(d) control by the individual over day-to-day life (including over care and support, or support, provided to the individual and the way in which it is provided);
(e) participation in work, education, training or recreation;
(f) social and economic well-being;
(g) domestic, family and personal relationships;
(h) suitability of living accommodation;
(i) the individual’s contribution to society.
This is just the beginning and I will be updating regularly with more information however if you would like to more now than please complete my contact form and I will email you further details.
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