The Care Act 2014 was enacted in 2014. As of April 2015, the Act and supporting guidance place a series of new duties and responsibilities on local authorities about care and support for adults.
The Act has been described as the most significant legislative change affecting care provision ‘in the last 60 years’ or ‘since the introduction of the Welfare State in 1948’. It supersedes much previous legislation and associated statutory guidance.
(The Care Act applies only to England, but other UK legislation has much in common with it: residents of Wales will be affected by the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 , and of Scotland by the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013). Continue reading
The Health and Social Care Act 2012, enacted on 27th March, is the most extensive reorganisation of the structure of the National Health Service in England to date. It proposes the abolition of NHS primary care trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs). Thereafter, £60 to £80 billion of “commissioning”, or health care funds, would be transferred from the abolished PCTs to several hundred “clinical commissioning groups”, partly run by the general practitioners (GPs) in England. Continue reading