Care and support is changing for the better in Kirklees

What has changed

Since the Care Act 2014, the way people receive care and support has changed to be more consistent across England. The changes in the Care Act are designed to put you in control of the help you receive.

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.

The Act includes a 'wellbeing principle' to underpin the care and support system. This means that your wellbeing, and the outcomes which matter to you, should be at the heart of every decision that is made about your care and support. The Act also includes a duty for local authorities to provide a range services to help prevent people in their area from developing needs for care and support, or that delay the impact of their needs.

The Care Act also:

  • sets consistent national rules to determine who is Eligible for care and support, which local authorities must follow
  • puts carers’ rights on the same footing as the people they care for, for the first time. See Support for carers
  • allows people to receive Personal budgets in the form of direct payments, if they wish; this means you will be able to plan your own care and support and exercise control over how it is provided
  • Deferred payments scheme extended to all of England (so you shouldn't have to sell your home in your lifetime to Pay for your adult social care)
  • gives new guarantees to ensure continuity of care when people move between areas, to remove the fear that people will be left without the care they need
  • includes new protections to ensure that people don't go without care if their providers fails, regardless of who pays for their care
  • A greater emphasis on prevention, advice and information to help people stay as independent as possible
  • has new provisions to ensure that young people are not left without care and support as they transition between child and adult care and support systems, this is also known as Preparing for adulthood.

The Care Act and you videos

Short videos about the Care Act changes and how we can help you.

Mabel's story - care act changes video
Mabel is 86 and lives on her own.

Raj's story - care act changes video
Raj has a learning disability.

Steve's story - care act changes video
Steve has had a stroke.