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
  • reforms the funding system for care and support, by introducing a cap on the care costs that people will incur in their lifetime; this will come into effect from April 2020
  • 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.

Cap on care costs

At the moment there is no limit to what care and support can cost, and this means that people with very high care needs may have to pay expensive bills. But care and support is changing for the better, there will be a new form of protection from unlimited costs. This protection is called the ‘cap on care costs.’

It means that no one will have to pay more than £72,000 towards the care element of the costs of meeting their eligible needs in their lifetime, and many people will pay much less. This applies to people funding their own care and support, as well as those helped by the council.

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.