The Care Bill heralded as the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, has received Royal Assent and become law.
The act will bring sweeping reforms to the sector and see the emphasis for care focused on wellbeing, with local authorities having a duty to consider the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of the individual needing care. For the first time there will be a duty to provide preventative services to help maintain people's level of health.
The act will also see
- Personal Budgets given a legal footing and personal choice made easier with clear information provided;
- A new National Minimum Eligibility Threshold to ensure the criteria for providing support is the same across the country.
- A limit to the amount an individual must contribute towards the cost of their care across their lifetime;
- Deferred payment schemes so that individuals do not have to sell their homes to pay for residential care in their lifetime;
- New powers for the CQC to hold poor-performing providers to account;
- Rights for carers including the right to an assessment of their needs and support if they are eligible.