Adult social care refers to the responsibilities of local social services authorities towards adults who need extra support. The legal framework for the provision of adult social care services dates back to 1948, and consists of a complex and confusing patchwork of legislation. A project to reform legal framework of adult social care law in order to address inconsistencies was announced in June 2008. This document summarises the main recommendations from the final report. Coverage includes: the structure of the reform; statutory principles; assessments; eligibility; carers' assessments and eligibility; provision of services; adult protection; ordinary residence and portability.