The Care Act – how it affects you

The Care Act is a new law about people’s care and support, taking effect from April 2015. It is the biggest update for more than 60 years and if you receive care and support or help to care for someone, you could benefit from the changes.

The Care Act aims to make care and support more consistent across the country. For instance, all councils in England will now consider the same national level of care and support needs when they assess what help they can give you.

Many people provide unpaid care or support to an adult family member or friend, either in their own homes or somewhere else. This might be helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to appointments or keeping them company. Carers may be eligible for help from Cornwall Council, so they can carry on caring and look after their own wellbeing.

Deferred payments will be available for people who need to move into permanent, residential care. This means they should not usually have to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for their care. There is also a proposal to introduce a cap on the total amount people pay towards the cost of their eligible care needs from April 2016. The government is expected to confirm the full details later in the year.

Watch and listen to this information film from the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

To find out more about the Care Act and how it may affect you, visit where you can also download leaflets and further information about the changes. Alternatively, call the Care Act helpline on 01872 322861 or email

You will also find details of a wide range of community support on the Cornwall Community Directory at