Care Act for Carers: One year on Commission
On April 1 2015 the Care Act, came into force in England. This law greatly improved the rights for carers over 18 – people who care, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. It means that all carers have the right to an assessment of their needs for support. The Act also created new duties for councils to identify carers in their community and protect their health. For more information on the Care Act, click here.
One year on, it’s important to ask whether the new law is making a difference. We want to find out from carers and those who support them what their experiences have been of providing or receiving support since the Act was introduced – what has changed, what has improved, what hasn’t worked, or even got worse. We will then use that evidence to get a clearer view of what needs to be done to ensure the Care Act delivers for carers.
Any information that you provide to us will be vital in helping us to build that evidence.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.