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Care Act

What's changed?

The Care Act introduced:

  • a new nationally set level of care and support needs that all councils will consider when we assess what help we can give you
  • new support for carers
  • deferred payments agreements for care costs

Note:  Anyone who received care and support from adult social care in Barnet before 1 April 2015 is still eligible for this care. You don't need to do anything as a result of the Care Act.

Needs and eligibility

Under the Care Act, the way care and support needs are assessed in England has changed for the better, meaning that decisions made about the help you receive consider your wellbeing and what is important to you and your family.

For the first time, there is a national level of care and support needs that all councils will consider when we assess what help we can give to you. Whatever your level of need, we are able to put you in touch with the right organisation to support your wellbeing and help you remain independent for longer.

In Barnet we already provided care and support for people that broadly mirrors the new national eligibility criteria. We will continue to provide care and support for everyone that is currently receiving a service. We may look at ways to improve the care and support we provide by making it more focused on the individual and their wellbeing.

Support for carers 

Thousands of people in Barnet provide unpaid care or support to an adult family member or friend, either in their own home or somewhere else.

Caring for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company.

The Care Act changes mean that, if you are a carer, you may be able to get more help so that you can carry on caring and look after your own wellbeing.

For  information about the support available for carers in Barnet, visit:

Deferred payment agreements 

Under the Care Act all councils in England are required to offer deferred payment agreements. This follows national guidance set by the Department of Health.

This means that people should not have to sell their homes to pay for care, as they have sometimes had to do in the past.

A deferred payment agreement is an arrangement with the council that will enable some people to use the value of their homes to pay for their care.

We have introduced a new deferred payment scheme in Barnet and,if you are eligible, we will help to pay the care home bills on your behalf. You can delay repaying us until you choose to sell your home, or until after your death.

To find out about charging, you can read our Fairer Contributions Policy Booklet for our current care charges.

Find out more about the Care Act

The Department of Health has produced a series of factsheets which explain in more detail the duties and powers local authorities will have in the future.

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