Policies that define the way we provide support

Changes to the Care Act - April 2020

Changes from 1 April 2020 

More changes to the way people pay for care and support come into effect in April 2020. These protect people with the highest needs from facing unlimited costs, and provide more financial support to people with modest means. 

Changes include: 

  • A lifetime cap on care costs 

  • Extended financial support. 

Cap on care costs 

Before April 2020 was no limit to what care and support can cost, and this meant that people with very high care needs could pay expensive bills.  

Since April 2020 there is a new form of protection from unlimited costs. This protection is called the ‘cap on care costs.’   

It means that no one will have to pay more than £72,000 towards the care element of the costs of meeting their eligible needs in their lifetime, and many people will pay much less.  

This applies to people funding their own care and support, as well as those helped by the council. 

Find out more about a cap on care costs (Word)

Extended financial support  

We will provide more financial help for those who need it and people with modest means will benefit too. Currently, only people with less than £23,250 in assets and low incomes can get help with their care and support costs.  

The changes will mean that people with £118,000 worth of assets or less, could be eligible to receive financial support if they need to move to a care home.  

The amount they receive will depend on an assessment of their finances and personal circumstances. We will look at what assets and income a person has and decide how much they can afford to contribute towards the cost of their care and support.