Care Act for carers: One year on Commission

On April 1 2015 the Care Act, came into force in England. This law greatly improved the rights for carers over 18 – people who care, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. It means that all carers have the right to an assessment of their needs for support. The Act also created new duties for councils to identify carers in their community and protect their health.

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