The Local Government Lawyer reported today that a review has found The Care Act 2014 had made little difference to the lives of some 5.4 million unpaid carers.
Paul Burstow, a Liberal Democrat health minister under the coalition government, led the review for the Carers Trust, and said that in the worst cases carers were ‘fobbed off’ by local authorities and unable to access newly created rights.
The Act took effect on 1 April 2015 and was intended to give carers rights on an equal footing to those for whom they care.
(‘Those they care for’ appear to have no rights to adequate home care, now replaced by enforced MCA residential care ).
These included that when deciding eligibility for support, local authorities must take into account a carer’s health and wellbeing, family relationships and their need to balance their home life with education or work.
(As we know ,the Act only…
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