Major changes to care system need to be properly funded to succeed, warn charities

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 07 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1824
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Major changes to England’s social care system came into force on 1 April, with new national eligibility criteria for support promising to end the postcode lottery of who gets help for everyday tasks or financial support for a care home.

However, charities have warned that the changes will have been “built on sand” if they are not backed by adequate funding.

The Care Act 2014 replaces some laws that have existed for more than 60 years and that the government has described as “confusing and complex.”

The introduction of a national minimum threshold in terms of need for care to get support from social services is a key plank of the act. …

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