The Care Act 2014 significantly improved the rights of unpaid carers, consolidating previous legislation and enhancing rights to assessment and support. Implementing these new rights has been a focus of work for local authorities, support providers, NHS services and others in the year since the Act came into force on 1 April 2015, in the context of significant financial constraint.
The Care Act marks its first anniversary on the 1st April 2016. City University London Professor and former care minister Rt Hon Paul Burstow is chairing a new review of the Care Act in collaboration with the Carers Trust to look at what difference the act has made to unpaid carers one year on. We are delighted that Dr Mary Larkin is a member of this expert panel.
The Commission received written evidence from carers, service users, practitioners and other stakeholders between 1 February and 18 March. Throughout April key individuals and/or groups have been invited to give oral evidence to an expert panel (these include representatives from local authorities. Healthwatch, ADASS, Carers UK, Dementia UK, NHS England, Department of Health, CQC, Macmillan and Mind). A final report for presentation to Parliament will be completed by July 2016. Rt Hon Paul Burstow talks more about the expert panel during an interview on the Radio 4 programme 'You and Yours'.