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NELC and CCG prepare for Care Act

NELC and the CCG are liaising with key partners and providers across North East Lincolnshire to ensure readiness for the first of the CareAct’s provisions to come into force in April 2015 (followed by further provisions in April 2016).

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb describes the Care Act 2014 as “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”. Highlights under the Act include:

• A duty for local authorities (LAs) to promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing when carrying out any care and support function for individuals

• A duty for LAs to provide/ arrange services to prevent, delay or reduce individuals’ needs for care and support

• An expanded entitlement to a carers’ assessment, triggered by the appearance of need. If a carer has eligible needs, they will have a right to support for them, just like the people they care for

• A minimum eligibility criteria setting out when an individual’s needs for care and support must be met

• A cap on the contribution people make to their social care costs (as opposed to their daily living costs which do not count towards the cap) of £72,000, regardless of their assets

• A universal deferred payment scheme, available to those who meet the criteria, designed to avoid people having to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for residential care.

More detailed information will be provided soon. In the interim, the following link offers a useful summary of the Care Act