Terry’s Care Act update
Implementing the Care Act in the North West – Update
Terry Dafter (Adult Social Care) Stockport Council
Care Act: Headline funding reform
Dilnot Recommendation (2011)
Care Act (2014) funding reform
Cap lifetime contributions towards their social care
costs should be capped at £35,000
Cap set at £72,000 from April 2016 and lower for
working age adults.
Requires the introduction of Care Accounts.
People should contribute a standard amount to cover
their general living costs, such as food and
accommodation, in residential care - We believe a
figure in the range of £7,000 to £10,000 a year
A standard contribution to living costs of around
£12,000 a year will be set from April 2016 – this will
not count towards the cap.
The means tested threshold should be increased
from £23,250 to £100,000
The threshold for support is increased to
£118,000 in assets (including their home).
People should not have to immediately sell their
homes and therefore to introduce a national deferred
payment scheme.
People will have the option to defer paying care
home fees from April 2015, so that people do not
have to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for
residential care
Care Act 2014:Headline care and support reform
• Places well-being, and outcomes, at the centre of every decision
• Focus on prevention and delaying needs, and integration and partnership working is
• Provides a single legal framework for social care
NW Progress – developing the
Care Act update
• Response to the consultation on the Regulations and Guidance
• 2nd Care Act stocktake – returns provide a basis for offers of
national support
• Series of national products promised from November 2014:
Workforce, communications resources, self-assessment tools etc.
• Regional funding allocations: Initial £315k over two years – Care
Act and Better Care Plan support. The NW has recently received an
additional £500m to meet workforce and other support needs.
NW joint work and use of
regional resources
NW Response to the Consultation on Regs and Guidance
Self funders: Commissioned IPC to develop a tool to identify self-funders in the NW.
The model is currently being tested in Lancashire, Oldham and Manchester.
Completed tool circulated to NW authorities in the new year.
Assessments and Workforce: Working together to review assessment processes,
understand workforce implications, explore the implications for carers’ assessments.
Workforce: Developing a NW Workforce plan with Skills for Care
Deferred payment agreements: Looking at a NW collaborative model – sharing
technical expertise, policy and admin functions.
Agreement to fund a NW short animation.
Secured Public Health England lead workshop early December
Programme Management: Recently appointed full time PM support (1 year
Care Act IMT proposals
• NW IMT Group led by Valda Williams. Each LA should confirm
membership via [email protected]
• Initial sub-group meetings proposed around clusters of providers
(e.g. Liquid Logic)
• Potential for a collaborative e-marketplace approach building on
work from Tees Valley and West London Alliance
• DH confident that all providers reporting system changes will be
made by 1 April 2015.
– However, some local authorities reported a lack of confidence in the 2nd
Stockport. Richard Pantlin has a national role re. targeted support and is
keen to discuss further with any local authorities that have particular
issues [email protected] 07958 293078

Terry`s Care Act update