By Duncan Mitchell-Innes, Senior Associate in Private Client at Wimbledon.
The Care Act 2014 (CA 2014) will come in to effect in April 2015. The Department of Health is currently consulting on draft regulations and guidance to implement the various reforms that the CA 2014 deals with.
On 6th June 2014, a consultation was published regarding draft regulations and guidance covering:
- charging for care;
- assessing a person's financial circumstances; and
- compiling a personal budget to help people chose how their care and support needs should be met.
CA 2014 reforms the law concerning care for adults and support for their carers. It also contains powers for the government to make secondary regulations to implement these changes.
The draft guidance currently being consulted on will, once finalised, help local authorities comply with the provisions of the CA 2014. It will also be used by the Courts if a challenge is made against a local authority.
There are additional care reforms due to come in to effect in April 2016, such as the cap on care costs. The Department of Health will consult on those later this year.
At TWM we have specialist lawyers who can advise on care costs, strategic estate planning and issues relating to older people. Please do feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance.
For further useful information, visit Elder Care Fees / Elderly Clients