The Care Act comes into effect on the 1 April 2015 and consolidates 60 years of social care legislation.
The Children and Families Act 2014 increases rights for Young and Parent carers to an assessment.
"The Care Bill in many respects marks a quiet revolution in our attitudes towards, and expectations of, carers. At last, carers will be given the same recognition, respect and parity of esteem with those they support.
"Historically, many carers have felt that their roles and their own well-being have been undervalued and under-supported. Now we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be truly acknowledged and valued as expert partners in care." Dame Philippa Russell, Chair of Standing Commission on Carers
The local carers strategy was launched in 2011 and will be updated in 2015. It aims to support carers in their role in various ways. The 2015 Portsmouth Carers Strategy will follow the four priorities of the National Carers Strategy Action Plan:
- Identification and recognition
- Realising and releasing potential
- A life alongside caring
- Supporting carers to stay healthy
The local carers strategy includes the Carers Council, where carers can influence local services. This is managed by Community Action Portsmouth.