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Big changes for care in Thurrock with new law in April

NEW legislation which affects the way care is provided to everyone over the age of 18 comes into operation from 1 April – and Thurrock Council says it is ready for the change.

The Care Act, said to be the most significant reform to social care law for over 60 years, places a number of new duties on all councils in England, many starting this April with others coming into effect a year later.

Councils will now be required to take into account an individual’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing when assessing their care and support needs. Carers can also have their needs assessed separately regardless of whether the person they care for receives care and support.

The Act also places a focus on supporting people to stay healthy and remain independent for longer so that the development of care needs can be prevented, reduced, or delayed. The new legislation also aims to ensure more consistency across the country in how health and social care services are accessed.

The council is working closely with partners – including health services and the local voluntary and community sector – to make sure the public, especially those directly affected, are well informed.

Thurrock Council’s adult social care and health portfolio holder, Cllr Barbara Rice said: “Changes such as these have the potential to be frightening and challenging so I want to reassure our residents that the council is well prepared. Many of the practices being brought in by the Act are considered ‘best practice’ and are already firmly established in Thurrock.”

The council has invested in a new information and advice system which helps people to navigate through the care system, as well as signposting local organisations that support residents. Mycare.thurrock.gov.uk will be the ’go-to place’ for information about areas such as adult social care, public health, and independent financial advice.

Cllr Rice added: “We recognise that most people would prefer to stay in their home and maintain their independence. With our help, and the support of families and the wider community we hope to achieve this wherever possible.”

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