Coronavirus Act 2020 & The Care Act - The New Legislation & Guidance
The Care Act 2014 completely recast the law on the provision of social care through local authorities.
Much of the old law, which rested on guidance and discretion, was swept away and replaced in England with specific duties on local authorities over issues of assessment, eligibility for help and support, care planning, personal budgets and direct payments, and review. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 made similar changes to the system as it operated in Wales. This was particularly the case, in both countries, in the case of carers, where a whole raft of new duties fell on local authorities to provide support to carers.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 has made significant amendments to both Acts. In general terms, many (but not all) of the duties have become powers for a local authority that chooses to make that the case in their area. In many cases, it is not at all clear whether a local authority has gone down that route or not. The enforcement of local authority duties to those needing care and support has thus become even more complex.
What You Will Learn
This webinar will cover the following:
- The Care Act 2014 and the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
- The duties imposed on local authorities by those statutes
- The Coronavirus Act 2020 and the changes it has made to the legislation
- The effect on the assessment for, and the provision of, social care
- Expected duration of the 2020 Act and likely long-term effects
- Possible remedies
This webinar was recorded on 27th May 2020