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Care Act Manual
Care Act Manual
2nd Edition
ISBN:  9780414050884
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  22 Oct 2015
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Paperback
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The new 2nd edition of the Care Act Manual provides a comprehensive guide to the Care and Support Act 2014 in force from 1 April 2015. Written in a clear and practical style, the new edition gives easy and up-to-date access to the law governing the provision of care and support services to older and disabled people, and that safeguarding vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect.

  • Offers legal practitioners and other professionals the opportunity to get up to speed quickly with the new legal framework and practise confidently under its provisions
  • Incorporates the latest guidance on the Act as it comes into force
  • Sets out the 14 sets of regulations
  • Features clause-by-clause annotations explaining what each section of the Act means as it applies to vulnerable adults
  • Provides reliable guidance – the author presided over the Law Commission’s 2008-2011 review of adult social care
  • Explains how those involved with the care of the elderly and disabled are affected by the Act
  • Sets out the powers and responsibilities of local authorities
  • Explains how assessment of the need for care should now be handled
  • Deals with charges for care, the assessment of financial resources and payments to individuals
  • Covers the care and support plan, and decisions about where an individual will live
  • Looks at the new procedures for safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect
  • Goes through the separate provisions concerning children
  • Highlights potential difficult areas under the new legislation


As a consequence of the adult social care law growing in importance due to the aging population, the Care Act Manual will help you get to grips with this brand new piece of legislation, lightening the burden of research. What’s more, the title can help you with the following:

  • Ensure you understand the rights and responsibilities of the party you’re advising
  • Make sure you’re working from the most up-to-date source available on this new Act
  • Recognise the impact recent changes to the law have on affected parties
  • Add weight and credibility to your arguments with access to a detailed analysis of the specific and comprehensive legal provisions
  • Examine key topics such as assessing needs; imposing charges and assessing financial resources; protection for adults at risk of abuse or neglect

Introduction and background to the Act.
General Responsibilities.
What is care and support?
Assessing needs.
Imposing charges and assessing financial resources.
Who can have their needs met?
What happens after their assessments?
Who can receive direct payments?
Establishing where a person lives.
Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect.
Transition for children to adult care and support.
Enforcement of debts.
Tim Spencer-Lane is a lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales specialising in health and social care, mental health and disability law. He presided over the Commission’s review of adult social care between 2008 and 2011.


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