Countdown to Care Reforms

Published on: Monday, 30-March-2015

With just a few days to go, Knowsley Council is urging residents to find out how new care reforms will benefit them when the most significant reform in social care for over 60 years comes into effect from 1 April.

The key changes, which will affect the estimated 1.5 million people who receive care and support, and several million unpaid carers in England, are:

Carers will have expanded rights to assessment and to council support. This change puts carers on the same footing as those they care for, allowing them to get the support they need for themselves. This could be practical support like being able to take a break from caring responsibilities or they may be entitled to a direct payment to spend on things that will make it easier to carry on caring, for example help with garden maintenance or a gym membership to support them with their health and wellbeing.

The changes will introduce a new national eligibility threshold, providing peace of mind that wherever you live in the country, or plan to move to within England, if your needs meet the threshold, you will be eligible for support.

Deferred payment agreements will become available across the country meaning that people should not have to sell their home in their lifetime to fund their care costs.

Julie Moss, Knowsley Council’s Assistant Executive Director (Adult Social Care), said “We are committed to supporting local people with their needs for care and support.  We’re confident that the changes we are making will enable more people to get the help they need, whether that’s a carer who needs a break from caring or someone who may be able to move to a care home without having to undergo the stress of selling their home.”

A Department of Health spokesperson says: “Care and support is something that nearly everyone in this country will experience at some point in their lives. These changes – the most significant in over 60 years – will make the system fairer by putting the needs, wishes and goals of people, and their carers, at the heart of every care decision.”

Have a look at more information about the help and support available or call the Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600.