Decision details

Care Act

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Care Act is a significant piece of legislation that consolidates existing pieces of legislation, amends others and introduces new statutory duties on the Council. The Act reflects the Government’s intention to create a more sustainable and integrated care system that ensures a clear pathway for service users moving through the health and social care systems. The Act also creates a statutory footing for existing wellbeing and preventative measures, the provision of Information and Guidance, adult safeguarding arrangements, and the development of new finance mechanisms to fund care.


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We want to ensure that Staffordshire is a place where people are healthy, are supported in their community and live as independently as possible for as long as possible.


There are many different laws about care and support at the moment, so it’s difficult for people to know what information and advice they have access to, and what care and support they can access in the future.


The Care Act is a huge opportunity for us to help ensure that people have better access, information and clarity on the right support when they need it and will complement the huge amount of work we are already doing to focus on prevention and early intervention to promote wellbeing for all our residents.


Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing.


Reasons for the Decision – To inform Cabinet of the approach which the county council was taking regarding the implementation of the Care Act.


Decision – (a) That the approach being adopted to implement the Care Act be approved.


(b) That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing to sign off on policy implementation, in order that they can be implemented with effect from 1April 2015.

Report author: John Darnbrook

Publication date: 22/01/2015

Date of decision: 21/01/2015

Decided at meeting: 21/01/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 28/01/2015

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