The Care Act
The Care Act 2014 sets out carers’ legal rights to assessment and support by including wellbeing in law. For the first time, carers will be recognized in law in the same way as those that they care for.
These new rights came into force in April 2015.
Carers have a legal right to be assessed for local authority support where eligibility criteria used for people receiving care will be used to decide whether the carer is entitled to support.
If eligible for support this will normally be provided for free. However sometimes, a financial assessment may be carried out to see if the carer should be charged for any support provided.
If supporting the carer means providing care to the person they look after, then the person they look after would need to have a financial assessment. Whether to charge carers for support provided to them personally is at the local authority’s discretion.