This week, we’ve reached a significant milestone for adult social care in England. After many months of debate, the Care Bill has become the Care Act through Royal Assent, meaning that the primary legislation is complete.
In the words of the Minister Norman Lamb, the Act’ represents the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years and at least on paper, there are many things to welcome about the new Act.
- For the first time adult social care law has been brought into a single Act, replacing disparate and sometimes outdated laws
- Local authorities have a duty to promote a person’s well-being, which is comprehensively described in a ‘well-being principle’ covering different aspects of life
- The Act introduces a national minimum threshold for getting care and support, which all local authorities must adhere to, aiming to end the post-code…
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