The Care Act 2014 is the biggest change to English adult social care law in over 60 years. It was reviewed again in 2015 when the following points were highlighted:

  • Local authorities have general responsibilities to promote people’s wellbeing, focusing on prevention and providing information and advice
  • Consistent, national eligibility criteria was introduced
  • New rights to support for carers, on an equivalent basis to the people they care for
  • Legal right to a personal budget and direct payment
  • The extension of local authority adult social care responsibility to include prisons
  • New responsibilities around transition, provider failure, supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding.

Surrey County Council are working with residents, carers and key partners to keep the residents of surrey downs informed about the upcoming changes. Further information about the Act is available on Surrey County Council's website.

The Surrey County Council Surrey Young Carers Joint Strategic Needs Assessment also helps us at Surrey Downs CCG and our partners understand what the needs are of young carers living here in Surrey Downs and what more needs to be done to support them. NHS England's Commitment to Carers gives carers the recognition and support they need to provide invaluable care for loved ones.

Find out more about why you should tell your GP you're a carer. Learn more about what help is available for carers.