The Care Act 2014

This briefing set outs what the Care Act’s new duties for local authorities mean for housing associations.

21 May 2014

The Care Act overhauls the social care system in England, reforming and streamlining much of the legislation on access to, administration of, and responsibilities for care services.

The Act introduces:

  • A cap on care costs an individual will pay over their lifetime of £72,000
  • National eligibility criteria to ensure that everyone across England is eligible for the same level of social care wherever they live
  • Formal recognition of the rights of carers and support for those eligible

This briefing will cover the key principles of the Act which are relevant to housing providers, and the important new duties on local government.