‘Care and support’ is the term used to describe the help some adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have.
The Care Act represents the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support. For the first time, the Act will put a limit on the amount anyone will have to pay towards the costs of their care.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the government has made provision for councils to temporarily ‘ease’ certain social care responsibilities if necessary, to help manage any extreme pressures. This would allow the council to respond to a major increase in requests for urgent social care support and a corresponding reduction in the availability of social care staff.
Easements must only be triggered if it becomes absolutely essential, as local authorities must do everything possible to meet their existing duties under the Care Act without taking these new measures.
At this time we do not need to trigger easements to our existing responsibilities under the Care Act and services continue to be delivered albeit in some cases in a different way.
Our services are being closely monitored to ensure we continue to meet the needs of local people. We will continue to adapt services as required to ensure we minimise any potential risks in providing our social care services.
Many of us will need care and support at some point in our lives and most people will pay something towards the cost of their care. The new national changes are designed to help you plan for the future and put you more in control of the help you receive, either from the council or other organisations in the community. Any decisions about your care and support will consider your wellbeing and what is important to you and your family, so you can stay healthy and remain independent for longer. There will also be more help available for people who give unpaid care and support to family members or friends.
You could benefit from the changes if you are:
From April 2020, financial support will be made available to more people, and everyone will be protected from unlimited care and support costs.
Major reforms to the way social care is funded will be effective from April 2020. These will include:
For more information please see the Frequently Asked Questions below: