The Local Government Lawyer reported today, that a review found The Care Act 2014 made little difference to the lives of some 5.4 million unpaid carers.
Paul Burstow, a Liberal Democrat health minister led the review for the Carers Trust, and said that in the worst cases carers were ‘fobbed off’ by local authorities, and were unable to access newly created rights.
The Act took effect on 1 April 2015 and purported to give carers rights on an equal footing to those for whom they care.
( But, ‘Those they care for’ have no rights ).
These rights included that when deciding eligibility for support, local authorities must take into account a carer’s health and wellbeing, family relationships and their need to balance their home life with education or work.
(But the Act only gives carers and their family rights to be assessed , not to be given any support)
Burstow said his report had found:
“For many of the carers…the response was stark – the act had made no difference. It was news to some that there were new rights as they simply hadn’t heard of them.
“We found evidence that when it comes to an assessment, the law is either poorly understood or ignored by those responsible.
Too often it appears that carers are fobbed off with a one-off payment by local authorities as if that discharges the obligation to promote the carers’ wellbeing.”
The review received more than 800 responses, of whom only 21% felt that things had changed as a result of the Act.
Among respondents, 65% said they had not had an assessment, 69% had not noticed a difference in their circumstances since the Act came into force and 23% of those assessed felt their assessor was ‘not knowledgeable’.
It transpired that many carers, do not see themselves as such, which presented problems for local authorities in correctly identifying and supporting those the Act was intended to help.
( So LAs are hunting for Unpaid ‘Carers’, and assessing but not providing them with any support. )
Why not ?
Because the object is to harvest lucrative disabled commodities for private residential services and dispense with unpaid carers.
Carers Trust chief executive Gail Scott-Spicer said:
“The Care Act was widely welcomed when it was introduced, but it’s clear from our report that it is not being implemented fully everywhere and carers are not getting the support they need.”
The review panel recommended that national and local government, and the NHS, should invest to ensure (they have 433 million)that the new legal rights for carers ( to a Carers Assessment, but no support), are introduced in all areas.
Local authorities should develop a self-assessment tool to monitor their progress in implementing the Act, the panel said, and should urgently review their carer assessment waiting times and recording systems.
( Why ? When LAs are not providing support to ‘carers’, after a carer’s assessment. The real aim of all this money and executive pressure can therefore only be to increase the number of vulnerable processed through the Court of Protection from the evidence, gathered from these urgent assessments)
The panel also said NHS trusts and general practitioners should ensure their organisations are carer-friendly, particularly, when the person for whom they care for is being discharged from hospital.
( GPs you’ll remember, have been said to be best placed to support carers, and spot safeguarding issues)
All Health and Social Care Trusts now have websites with the following information for Carers about obtaining a Carers Assessment see above.
As with the Mental Capacity Act ,the executive has spoken.
The LAs have been given their orders.
The Residential for private profit venture capital backed provision must be fed.
Local Authorities and Health and Social Care Trusts are being lent on via monitoring and self assessment, that can only, in view of funding restrictions, be to pay for residential placements..
Once again as with the MCA, in the guise of lack of awareness, misunderstanding, and ignorance, this time of the Care Act.
Once again, on the pretence of providing support , removal of the supported, is the real intention.
Once again, the executive is creating, subverting and implementing legislation by stealth.
Once again, the real motive is private residential care profit, with a government providing £433 million to LAs to implement the Care Act ie search out and find safeguarding issues in unpaid for care.
In 2014 the same Local Government Lawyer had given these tips for Local Authorities on the Act.