review shows that care act 2014 made little difference to unpaid carers

Implemented in April 2014 the Care Act gave carers rights on an equal footing to those that they care for. However a review led by former care minister Paul Burstow found that in many cases there was little difference and many carers were not even aware of their new rights.


Paul Berstow

In a review conducted by Charity, Carers Trust found that;

  • Only 21% of respondents felt that there had been change following the implimentation of the Care Act 2014
  • 65% of carers who responded said they had not had an assessment, while 4% didn’t know whether or not they’d had an assessment
  • Only 5% of respondents were non-white, suggesting that the act was failing to be implemented in Black and Minority Ethnic groups
  • 31% had received an assessment and described the quality as good

  • It is reported that Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, 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.”

    Prof Paul Burstow commented:

    “For many of the carers who responded to Carers Trust’s calls for evidence, 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’ well being."

    See the full report from Carers Trust here

    To see more about the Care Act 2014 and see our video, please click here.