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In 2016, the Department of Health commissioned  Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) to find out about the experiences of people with care and support needs a year after the Care Act 2014 came into effect. They asked questions on a variety of topics including whether people felt it was easy to get information and advice, or did they have choice and control of their care and support. Access the survey here.

The High Court's use of the Care Act to quash Merton’s decision to transfer a service user (JF) to a cheaper service has raised hopes the act might yet deliver on the promise to lead social care away from being rooted in a resource led view of need to one authentically person centred, according to an article on Community Care.

According to an article in Public Sector Executive, councils are falling behind on 'desperately needed' Care Act assessment reviews new figures from NHS Digital reveal.

An article in The Guardian about occupational therapists and the Care Act.

Following the recent publication of the refreshed Statutory Guidance to the 2014 Care Act by the Department of Health and the final Housing with Care Guidance by the Care Quality Commission, Housing LIN has updated its October 2015 Policy Technical Brief Care and Support in Housing with Care for Older People. Click here.

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) has produced a plain English guide to the most commonly-used social care words and phrases. Click here.  

Questions posed by practitioners at a Community Care webinar, delivered by Belinda Schwehr, on advocacy rights and reviews under the Care Act. 

Independent Age, the advice and support charity for older age has produced a useful report about the Care Act called Year one of the Care Act: taking its first steps

According to CareKnowledge, the Government has published a ‘refreshed’ version of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance which underpins implementation of the Care Act. 

Norfolk County Council has been reported to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for 'disregarding' statutory duties under the Care Act, according to Disability Rights UK.

Has the Care Act made a difference one year on? News from Scils website.

Too many councils are failing to meet their Care Act duties - an article in The Guardian 

Current and proposed means tests are acting as a ‘disincentive’ for people to save for long-term care, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has revealed. Article on The Actuary website. 

Fresh concerns over the over the delays in implementing the cap on care costs, as set out in the Care Act. Comment from the Alzheimer's Society.

Care Cap delays will hit pensioners hard, according to a report in FT Adviser.

In Autumn 2015, Operation Magnify, a UK-wide enforcement and compliance initiative, was launched by the Home Office to prevent illegal working in the care sector. Click here for details and for a leaflet.

The Government has been urged to protect the elderly as providers face financial squeeze from falling fees and rising wages - article in The Guardian.

A two-tier care home system could be created if proper funding is not offered to pay staff the new national living wage, the Government has been warned. A report in the East Anglian Daily Times.

An article from The Guardian about the Care Act and funding issues.

Delays to some aspects of the Care Act 2014 were announced in July 2015. Click here for The Local Government Association's (LGA) response to the Care Act 2014 delays.

New research by Carers Trust reveals that few councils in England have outlined how they are fulfilling the duties required of them under the Care Act 2014.

An article from The Guardian: A quick guide to the Care Act

An overview of the Care Act factsheet from Skills for Care

Article from Community Care website about Care Act 2014 becoming law. 

How the care system works in the UK - feature articles from BBC news website.

Spending Review 2015: a representation from across the care and support sector. The depth of shared concerns about the quality, safety and sufficiency of social care services has brought together national organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to make this unprecedented joint statement on behalf of an estimated 1.9 million people using such care services.