The Care Act 2014

What is the Care Act?

The Care Act 2014 is a law relating to Adult Social Care. Aiming to overhaul and bring together existing legislation, it introduces the biggest change to adult social care in 60 years. 

Built around giving you greater choice and control in the kind of care and support you receive, the Care Act looks at what you need and what you want to achieve in life.

It focuses on encouraging you to maintain your independence in everyday life and prevent problems from starting or getting worse.

Clear and simple rules and guidance accompany the Act, which explain both what people should expect, and what Councils should provide in terms of care, support and advice.

The main themes of the Care Act concentrate on promoting:

  • Independence and wellbeing
    Having greater choice and control in what care and support you receive so that you can live your life the way you want to
  • Prevention
    Thinking about things that will help prevent problems from starting, or stopping existing issues from getting worse
  • Integration
    Councils working with other organisations to provide the support that you need
  • Choice and control
    Your care and support plan will help you to do the things that are important to you
  • Information and advice
    Having good quality information to help you choose the right care and support
  • Carers' entitlements and rights
    Carers assessments to see if you are eligible for support
  • Advocacy
    Accessibility to independent advisors (advocates) to help you find the best care and support services most applicable to your needs
  • Keeping adults safe
    Keeping people safe from harm, and advice on what to do if you are worried about someone 

For more information about the changes and how they may affect you see Understanding the Care Act.

Further information

Visit the GOV.UK website to access more detailed Care Act information: