Countdown to care reform begins

Published Friday 13 February 2015 at 17:45

Changes to care and support that are being described as the most significant reform in social care for over 60 years will come into effect across England from April 1.

The key changes, which will affect the estimated 1.5 million people who receive care and support, and several million unpaid carers in England, are:

Carers will have expanded rights to assessment and to council support. This change puts carers on the same footing as those they care for, allowing them to get the support they need for themselves. This could be practical support like being able to take a break from caring responsibilities or they may be entitled to a direct payment to spend on things that will make it easier to carry on caring.

The changes will introduce a new national eligibility threshold, providing peace of mind that wherever you live in the country, or plan to move to within England, if your needs meet the threshold, you will be eligible for support.

Deferred payment agreements will become available across the country meaning that people should not have to sell their home in their lifetime to fund their care costs.

Cllr Mohammed Khan, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said:

“We are committed to supporting local people with their needs for care and support. We’re confident that the changes being made will enable more people to get the help they need, whether that’s a carer who needs a break from caring or someone who may be able to move to a care home without having to undergo the stress of selling their home.”

For more information about changes to care and support, visit  or call 01254 585585.

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