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Care Act 2014 and other current carer related legislation

Care Act 2014 and other current carer related legislation

The Care Act 2014 supersedes the following Acts that were previously in place:

NHS & Community Care Act 1990
Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act 2003
Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995
Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 

Further information about the Care Act is available at:



If you are caring for a disabled child aged under 18yrs, or you are a young carer then you still have similar rights to an assessment but your rights are covered by the Children and Families Act not the Care Act. If the person you care for is just approaching 18yrs then you are entitled to a “transition assessment” which will tell you whether you or they will be eligible for support as an adult caring for another adult.  For further information contact your local authority or visit http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect

The following Acts also make provision for carers’ rights:

Work and Families Act 2006

The Work and Families Act 2006 came into force on 6th April 2007.  The Act gives carers the right to ask their employers for flexible working to help them juggle their work with their caring needs.  Under the Act employees who have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks can apply for a permanent change to their terms and conditions.  Such requests could be for flexi-time, home working, term time working, or other flexible working practices.  Employers can refuse a request, but must give good reasons and employees have the right to appeal.  This Act builds on the right to request flexible working for parents of children under 6 or under 18 for a disabled child, introduced in April 2003.

Equality Act 2010

Equality Act 2010 came into force in October 2010. The Act covers your carers’ rights if you care for an elderly or disabled person in the areas of:

Adjustments for disabled persons
Direct Discrimination

For further information or advice about the Equality Act contact you local Citizens Advice Bureau or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk or www.legislation.gov.uk

Other sources of information are:

Carers UK:  Carers Helpline: 0808 808 7777   - Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm.
Email: info@carersuk.org   http://www.carersuk.org  

Government Equalities Office:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/government-equalities-office

Equality and Human Rights Commission: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/your-rights/human-rights 

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