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Care Act 2014

What is the Care Act?

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The Care Act is a new law about care and support for adults in England. Before the Care Act, there were many different laws and pieces of government guidance about how care and support should be delivered. These could be confusing and made it difficult for people to find out what they are entitled to. The Care Act brings everything together under one law.

The Care Act places new duties and responsibilities on councils for care and support for adults in their area.
Some key aims of the Care Act are to make sure that –

  • everyone can get the information, advice and guidance they need to make good decisions about care and support
  • people are supported to keep as well and independent as possible for as long as possible
  • people can get the services they need to help prevent or delay their care needs from becoming more serious
  • people can achieve the needs and goals that matter to them, and their wellbeing is the driving force behind their care and support
  • there is a range of good quality care providers to choose from.
  • the same eligibility threshold for receiving funded social care is applied across the whole country
  • different agencies co-operate and work together to improve people's wellbeing.

Department of Health has produced a series of fact sheets to explain different parts of the act. There is also an Easy read booklet about the act.

Access the Care Act fact sheets here

Download Easy read booklet here

Care Act in Hull 

Information and advice about care and support is available to all Hull residents. You can get information in a number of ways –

  • using Connect to Support
  • through publications and leaflets (new publications and leaflets created by the Hul Adult Soical Care will appear on this website)
  • by contacting Hull City Council on 01482 300 300

f you have not found what you need on the Connect to Support website, you may want to complete an adult social care self assessment.

You can complete a self assessment if you are 18 or over and feel that you need that extra support to live your life independently. The self assessment will help you think about what works well in your life and what needs to change. It may be helpful to do this with a family member, friend or someone else you trust.

Complete a self assessment 

If you are a carer, you can have an assessment of your needs and you may be eligible for support.

Go to our Carers information page here

If someone has significant difficulty being involved in discussions about their care needs and they have no one appropriate to support them, Hull City Council will arrange an independent advocate for them.

The national eligibility threshold will be used to decide who is entitled to funded social care support. If you have eligible needs you will be given a support plan showing how these needs will be met. If your needs cannot be met in any other way, then you will be given a personal budget to cover your agreed care costs.

Access our paying for care and support page here

If you own a house and pay for your own care in a care home, you can ask Hull City Council for a deferred payment agreement so that you don’t have to sell your house immediately to pay for your care.

Hull City Council will make enquiries if they think an adult may be at risk of abuse or neglect.

Changes in 2020

On 17 July 2015 the government announced their decision to delay the introduction of the cap on care costs system and the duty on local authorities to meet the eligible needs of self-funders in care homes until April 2020. The proposed appeals system for care and support is also being delayed.

The delay will allow time to be taken to ensure that everyone is ready to introduce the new system and to look at what more can be done to support people with the costs of care.

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. From April 2020 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.

Alongside the cap on care costs, extended financial support will ensure that more people are eligible for help with care and support costs. The council will assess your finances and we may be able to offer extra help if you cannot afford to pay. Most people will still have to contribute something towards the cost of their care and support.

Cap on care costs

As part of the 2020 changes, we will provide more financial help for those who need it and people with modest means will benefit too. Currently, only people with less than £23,250 in assets and low incomes can get help with their care and support costs.

The changes will mean that people with £118,000 worth of assets or less, could be eligible to receive financial support if they need to move to a care home. The amount they receive will depend on an assessment of their finances and personal circumstances. We will look at what assets and income a person has and decide how much they can afford to contribute towards the cost of their care and support.

Last reviewed: 26/09/2018