The Care Act 2014 campaigned for, and approved by a plethora of newly created charities, was lauded, as much needed legislation, to help the nation’s army of neglected, oppressed carers.
But all is smoke and mirrors, nothing is as it says on the tin.
As the Act is a tool to achieve, by smiling stealth, the state’s real agenda to encage the old, disabled, and vulnerable for profit.
Social care and the public purse are the new gold rush.
The Act provides, that a Local Authority is now under a duty to assess carers.
These assessments can be individual, or as a family.
Whilst, as is their statutory duty already, LA must provide support for the disabled/old, the Act, does not put them under a duty to provide support.
So the act has no teeth, and does not give carers, any rights other than to be assessed.
So why name it the Care Act ?
And where, was the carers charity voice in parliament ?
Why one wonders, was the Act, drafted to put LAs under a duty to assess carers, but not then to provide the assessed support needed?
This reveals the real reason for Carers Assessments.
If it were, to provide support, a duty to provide such support,would have been drafted into the Act.
Without this, assessments are a waste of LA budgets in times of severe cut backs.
So why would parliament go to the trouble of creating a law to waste public money ?
So what is the purpose of Carers Assessments ?.
They consist of psychological, physical, and medical evaluations, together with access to their medical records.
To assess, the effect of caring on ‘wellbeing’, as specifically and, extensively set out in the act,
on carers hobbies, self esteem, dignity, socialising, emotional health.
This, is a huge state intervention, into the privacy of a carer.
And, without the carer’s consent, encouraged by the Act, a breach of their right to privacy under Human Rights Act 1998.
So why would our parliament, encourage state intervention, which breached human rights ?
LAs, will only consider providing, ‘support’, if the effect on the carers wellbeing is severe.
And even then, this provision is discretionary.
But, if caring, has a severe effect on the carer, this is evidence, they are unable to cope, and, their caree, at risk.
In addition, such assessments, can be used, as evidence, in the Court of Protection, or, Care Courts, that a carer is mentally, ( they have 300 disorders to choose from ), or physically, a risk to their disabled family member.
And, it is in the disabled/old’s ‘best interests’/ welfare, under the Mental Capacity Act/ Childrens Act, to be removed, to privately commissioned state care.
To enable £3,500 + per week to be paid, to a private venture capital provider.
Such care, appears now, the only, government policy, for all social care provision.
Adult services’ social workers, are now ‘care managers’
State care is processed, and enforced, through the Court of Protection.
This is a potentially huge, profit making industry, and, gets rid of the social worker as a vocation.
They are now either, court enforcers, or care home provision managers.
Deskilled ‘professional’ operatives.
If, a family assessment is undertaken, the mental, and physical needs of other family members, can also be used, as evidence of possible abuse of the disabled, and indeed the other family members.
ie the effect of caring for the disabled person, on any children, living in the household.
Because of the Human Rights Act, parliament, was forced to allow, a carer, the right to refuse, an assessment of themselves, or, their family.
But, the carer will often not be told this.
And, Carers Assessment Orders, are standard in Court of Protection, and, Care Courts.
The Care Act, also states, direct payments for support of the old/disabled, cannot be claimed, if the disabled person, is ‘incapable’, under the Mental Capacity Act.
If a person is over 18, and, the Local Authority have any doubts as to his mental capacity, ie if autistic or learning disabled, they will insist on a capacity assessment, before funding any services.
And he always fails.
So, now carers, are forced, to have support chosen by the LA.
No matter how inadequate, or, spying, to obtain evidence of abuse/neglect/unsafe home environment.
If, carers, do complain, an application for interim orders under the MCA, can be applied for by the LA, and used to, not only hold the carer to ransom, by threat of removal of their loved one, but can also be used, as an excuse to halt and avoid the LAs complaints process.
So workers, in your home, will be chosen, and controlled by the LA, whose only policy, is private residential care.
And, your daily private life, will be closely monitored by Social Services support agencies, and day centres.
Usually you will not be told of their ‘concerns’. The first you will know of them will often be in court documents applying to remove your loved one.
As it is an inquisitorial process they need not be proved.
The definition of ‘Capacity‘, under the Mental Capacity Act, is diluted, under the Carers Act.
To ‘difficulty making decisions’.
This makes it easier to then remove of their decisions from them by an order under the MCA by the Court of Protection.
And, practically makes it impossible, for a person to become involved in decision making.
Removing, an old/ disabled individual’s autonomy.
The ‘Care’ Act, conspires, to give the LA, even more power, to remove the disabled, theirs, and their carers autonomy, and, human rights.
And, to ensnare, and remove the disabled, and old, to private, secret care for private profit.
Safeguarding Boards etc, are set up by the Act, to investigate the abuse, and, neglect of the disabled.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-statutory-guidance-for-implementation
But, systemically, these, can only result, in an ever vigilant cabal, of GPs, social workers and support workers, looking only for abuse and neglect in the family home only.
These just give statutory weight to, the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs MASH, now secretly created, and activated, in most areas of the country, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, but not within the care provisions commissioned by the state.
This will mean’ a yellow star’ maker on all records of carers, and cared for, and, encourage, a feeding frenzy, of concern for those cared for at home, and, increase the spying of social services/ agency workers.
Care Act now puts LA’s under the duty to safeguard adults but not in the state care they commission http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2014/03/03/care-act-2014-will-mean-safeguarding-legal-view/
But do nothing, to reveal the abuse, in the state’s own care provision, which is, , provided in secret, and, allows no whistle blowers.
The Care Act, rather than championing their cause,heralds the death of the family carer, and, the advent of state privatised, unaccountable care for profit.
Misery, for the old, and disabled, isolated, their lives controlled by the state.
Family members labelled neglectful abusers, and, cut out of their loved ones life, for ever.