The Care Act 2014 came into effect on the 6th April 2015 and reformed the way the adult social care system works in England including how care is delivered.
The changes included a range of new obligations for local authorities around the provision of information and advice, the integration of care and support with health-related services and eligibility assessments. It also strengthens the rights and recognition of carers in the social care system.
The aim of the Care Act 2014 was to bring together a number of separate pieces of health and social care legislation.
Some reforms, such as the changes to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection and rating processes, have already been introduced, in October 2014, improving the way health and social care is regulated.
If you or a relative has care needs, the Care Act is likely to affect you.