Changes to Care Act

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From April 2015, the eligibility criteria for those who receive care and support will become the same across the country.

The Care Act 2014 will come into force next month and will bring about significant change to adult social care legislation, giving local authorities a range of new duties and powers. As part of the changes the assessment criteria for deciding whether someone is entitled to support will become the same nationally and a universal deferred payment scheme will be introduced – giving those in care the option to defer part of their assessed contribution to the cost of care against the value of their house.

As part of The Deal for Adult Social Care and Health, Wigan Council has already transformed its services to promote independence and self-reliance – putting the local authority in a strong position for adopting these changes.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for adult social care and health at Wigan Council, said:

“We will continue to put the wellbeing of those in care at the heart of any assessment, and will give them control over their care. In some cases, carers may be able to get more help to carry on caring and look after their own wellbeing.”

Under the changes the current arrangements for carers will not be affected and carers do not need to do anything.

To find out more about how you can access care and support and how you can keep you yourself healthy and well, please visit

If the person you care for lives in Wigan Borough and you want to know if their entitled to care please call Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre on 01942 705959 who can offer support and an assessment if required. Alternatively, pop into their branch at 3-5 Frederick Street, Hindley, Wigan, WN2 3BD.