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Care Act 2014 receives Royal Assent

Law Commission welcomes implementation of its recommendations

The Care Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May, bringing into force the Law Commission's recommendations for reform of adult social care. The Act implements over 95 per cent of the Commission's 2011 report, Adult Social Care, which recommended the most far-reaching reforms of adult social care law for over 60 years.

Law Commissioner Nicholas Paines QC said:

"We are delighted that the Care Act has received Royal Assent. Together with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, which received Royal Assent on 1 May, this puts in place a coherent framework to govern the provision of adult social care across England and Wales.

"The new Act replaces over 65 years of piecemeal legislation. It places personalisation on a statutory footing for the first time, gives new legal rights to carers and introduces a new legal framework for safeguarding vulnerable adults. It will streamline and modernise a system that has its roots in the poor law, clarifying rights and responsibilities for older and disabled people and local councils, and improving the position of carers.

"We are very pleased that the Department of Health and the Welsh Government accepted our recommendations and acted so swiftly to implement these important and much-needed reforms."