Care and support is changing for the better

If you use adult social care services, or provide unpaid care for a friend or family member, you will see a number of improvements over the next few months.

From April 2015, the Care Act will help to make care and support more consistent across the country.

Anyone currently receiving care, or supporting an adult family member or friend as an unpaid carer, could be affected by the national changes being introduced by the Care Act.

The Care Act will help us, and every council in England, to:

  • make it easier for people to access right support for them
  • provide better and clearer advice and information whenever you need it
  • offer more community-based, early help and prevention services – to help you to stay independent, and in your own homes, for as long as possible.


What is changing?

From April 2015, the main changes to care and support will include:

  • Better advice and information – we will improve the quality of the information and advice we provide and make sure it’s available in lots of different places, like on our website and in GP surgeries
  • A national level of care and support needs – to make care and support more consistent across the country
  • Support for carers – this could lead to practical help, a break from a caring role or a budget to spend on supporting their wellbeing


Find out more

Visit to find out more about the changes. These pages will be updated regularly as more information and useful resources become available.

The Department of Health has produced a series of factsheets which explain in more detail the duties and powers local authorities will have in the future.


Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Care Act and how it may affect you, please contact us: