Care and support has changed in Trafford
Many of you will be aware that from April 2015, care and support changed with the introduction of the Care Act.
What is it?
The Care Act 2014 became law on the 14th May 2014 and represents the biggest change to English adult social care law in over 60 years.
The Act is designed to respond to a number of challenges:-
- The growing demand for social care and support as a result of an ageing population and increasing numbers of people living longer with multiple long term conditions. By 2030 almost 20% of the Trafford population will be over 65, with a 78% increase in the number of people aged over 85.
- The challenging financial climate, not just for this council, but for the whole of the public sector has led to big reductions in public spending. This is forecast to continue for some years to come.
- Current health and social care systems are not sustainable. New and innovative solutions are needed to deliver the right support to individuals at an early stage.
The Act explains how people can choose the ways they want to be supported and how their care and support should be paid for in the future.
It aims to improve people’s independence and wellbeing by providing personalised care and developing care services that best fit around their lives. This in turn should help prevent, reduce or delay the need for statutory care services.
What is changing?
From April 2015:-
- A legal right to a personal budget and direct payment was introduced
- Carers have new rights to support on an equivalent basis to the people they care for
- A consistent, national eligibility criteria has been introduced
- Deferred payment agreements for care costs are universally available to those that need them
Since April 2015 Trafford, along with all other local authorities has new responsibilities:-
- Adult social care responsibility includes prisoners if there is a prison located in the area
- New responsibilities to support people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding
- A responsibility to promote people’s wellbeing, focusing on prevention
- A responsibility to provide information and advice
- Clearer responsibilities for those transitioning from children’s to adults' services
- A responsibility to promote diversity and quality in the market of care providers so that there is a good range of services/support for people to choose from
From April 2020:-
A fundamental change is proposed to the way people pay for care and support. This will protect people with the highest needs from facing unlimited costs and provide more financial support to people with modest means.
The changes could include:-
- A lifetime ‘cap’ of no more than £72,000 for individuals on reasonable care costs to meet their eligible needs
- An increase in the capital threshold for people in residential care who own their own home.
More detail on the Care Act is available from the Department of Health at the following links:
- The Care Act
- Care and support: statutory guidance (October 2014)
- Care and support: statutory guidance - updates (March 2016)
- Care Act: easy read version
- Care Act Part 1: factsheets
Other organisations also have information about the Care Act, including: