The Care Act 2014 is the biggest change to English adult social care law in over 60 years. Key areas of change for April 2015 include:

  • General responsibilities on local authorities including promoting people’s wellbeing, focusing on prevention and providing information and advice
  • The introduction of a consistent, national eligibility criteria
  • New rights to support for carers, on an equivalent basis to the people they care for
  • Legal right to a personal budget and direct payment
  • The extension of local authority adult social care responsibility to include prisons
  • New responsibilities around transition, provider failure, supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding.

Surrey County Council is working with residents, carers and key partners to keep people informed about the upcoming changes. Further information about the Act is available on the Surrey County Council