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Countdown to Care Reform Begins

People in Bournemouth and Poole can find out how important changes to care and support may benefit them at a series of local events

Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole are staging Care Act Awareness Week events between 23 and 27 March to help people find out more about the Care Act, the most significant reform in social care for over 60 years, which comes into effect from 1 April.

The introduction of the new national legislation will affect an estimated 1.5 million people who receive care and support, and several million unpaid carers in England. The key changes are:  

1. Carers will have expanded rights to assessment and to council support. This change puts carers on the same footing as those they care for, allowing them to get the support they need for themselves.

2. Introduction of a new national eligibility threshold, providing peace of mind that wherever you live in the country, or plan to move to within England, if a person’s needs meet the threshold, they will be eligible for support.

3. Deferred payment agreements will become available across the country meaning that people should not have to sell their home in their lifetime to fund their care costs.

Social care staff will be available to answer questions and offer more information about the changes at the following locations:

- Monday 23 March, 1-5pm, Broadstone Library, 10 Story Lane, BH18 8EQ

- Monday 23 March, 1-5pm, Castlepoint Library, Castle Lane West, BH8 9UP

- Wednesday 25 March, 1-5pm, Oakdale Library, Wimborne Road, BH15 3EF

- Wednesday 25 March, 1-5pm, Kinson Library, Wimborne Road, BH11 9AW

- Friday 27 March, 1-5pm, Hamworthy Library, Blandford Road, BH15 4B

- Friday 27 March, 1-5pm, Westbourne Library, Alum Chine Road, BH4 8DX

People can also pick up a Care Act information pack at one of the following awareness events being held across the towns during the week:

- Tuesday 24 March, 10am-2pm, Sainsbury’s Pitwines, BH15 1XU

- Tuesday 24 March, 10am-2pm, Sainsbury’s Castlepoint, BH8 9UW

- Thursday 26 March, 10am-2pm, Sainsbury’s Talbot Heath, BH12 4BA

- Thursday 26 March, 10am-2pm, Boscombe Sovereign Centre, BH1 4SX

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council on these events to ensure our residents are fully informed about the national changes being introduced on 1 April. We hope that as many people as possible will come along and find out more about the Care Act and ask any questions they might have.”

Councillor Blair Crawford, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “This is a hugely significant change that is about to radically alter the way social care is delivered across Bournemouth and Poole. I would urge as many people as possible who will be affected by these changes to come to the information events so that they can get a better understanding what they will mean for them both as a carer and those they care for.”

A Department of Health spokesperson says: “Care and support is something that nearly everyone in this country will experience at some point in their lives. These changes – the most significant in over 60 years – will make the system fairer by putting the needs, wishes and goals of people, and their carers, at the heart of every care decision.”

Find out more about the Care Act, including a series of frequently asked questions.

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