The first overhaul of social care statute in England for 60 years will come into force next month by way of the Care Act 2014. The changes will be introduced over two years with the first part coming into affect this April.
Local Authorities have new duties to support people to maintain their independence and prevent their needs developing. This is in line with a new “wellbeing” principle that underpins the Act. This includes a requirement on Local Authorities to set up information and advice services that can provide up-to-date information on all matters relating to care issues including the financial aspects of care.