Care Bill becomes law; excludes mandatory advice referrals

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The Care Bill, which sought to usher in significant reforms to social care and support in the UK, has passed into law after becoming an Act of Parliament.

The Care Act, which received Royal Assent on 14 May, has created a single law designed to make it clear what kind of care people can expect. It introduces numerous changes including putting personal budgets on a legal footing and placing a duty on councils to provide preventive services to support people's health. The legislation also introduces a national minimum eligibility threshold for council-funded social care and a limit on the amount people will have to pay towards their own care costs. Among local authorities' obligations are that they must provide information to people on...

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