‘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.
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: