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care_act_hpThe new Care Act has had a fair bit of interest in the news and we thought it might be helpful to recap on the headlines. Thanks to Baker Jenness Independent Financial Advisors for this summary: From 1st April this year, the government brought in a new piece of legislation called the Care Act. If you receive care and support, or support someone who does, the Care Act could affect the way care is provided to you either now or in the future.

Under the act people will be given greater control over the support they receive. The Act is also intended to help people make more informed decisions about their care, which can help them remain independent for longer. Ten key points on the Care Act: An individual’s “well-being” (not only care needs) should be at the centre of every decisionŸMore focus on prevention rather than treatmentŸ Carers will be viewed on the same footing as those they care forŸ There will be a right to choice through care plans and personal budgets Ÿ New national eligibility criteriaŸ From April 2016, a ceiling on care costs incurred by adults, although daily living costs will still be funded by individuals Ÿ “Deferred Payments Arrangement” will be available to those eligible and interest chargedŸ Self-funders will be entitled to ask the local authority to procure services to meet their needs Ÿ Places adult safeguarding on a statutory footingŸ It extends the opportunity for independent advocacy.

It still remains to be seen what the differences or benefits of the new Care Act will feel like in reality. We’ll keep you posted on further significant updates and look forward to hearing any feedback you may have.

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