The Care Act 2014 and adult social care services in Hackney

The Care Act 2014 brings together all existing legislation and national policy on adult social care services into a single legal framework. Part 1 of the Act came into force 1 April 2015.

Second part of the Care Act delayed

The second part of the Care Act was due to come into effect in April 2016, but the Government announced in July 2015 that it will be delayed until 2020.

The legislation was set to introduce financial reforms to the care system, such as a cap on care costs, care accounts, an extension of means tested support as well as a new appeals system. Read delay to April 2016 legislation FAQs [pdf, 23.18Kb] for more information.

How we comply with the Act

The services we provide in Hackney comply with many of the requirements of the Care Act including: 

We will continue to develop services in these areas taking into account the national guidance on specific requirements and good practice that accompanies the Care Act.  

The Act has meant that we have had to make some changes in how we deliver services including: 

  • undertaking needs assessments and reviews against a new national eligibility framework and criteria  
  • taking a wider range of considerations into account in assessing the needs of carers
  • offering an option to defer payments for residential care from 1 April 2015 and preparing for the introduction of a cap on care charges and self-funding of eligible services (now delayed until 2020) 

We have taken steps to train and develop our staff and develop our service systems so that we fully comply with these new requirements. 

More details 

If you have questions or would like to find out more about how we are implementing the Care Act please contact us.

Page updated: 03/01/2017 12:34:09

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