Tenants with vulnerabilities at risk over Care Act
People with vulnerabilities may be left at risk due to new legislation which could cause councils to cut their funding.
Research by Inside Housing has found that thousands of people with vulnerabilities are at risk of losing support under new care legislation that was passed last month.
The Care Act requires councils to fund care for adults in ‘substantial’ and ‘critical’ care need from 2015, but not for those in ‘moderate’ or ‘low’ need. This has lead housing associations to warn that more strain would be placed on landlord’s housing-related support services and inflict ‘damage’ on tenants. Research by Inside Housing shows that 11,520 individuals across England with moderate or low needs still receive state funding for their care, so are at risk of losing support.
Responding to Inside Housing’s freedom of information requests to the 26 upper tier authorities still funding moderate care in 2011/12, Sunderland Council – which currently funds care for 2,483 people in low and moderate need – said it would now be reviewing its threshold as part of its implementation of the care act.
A Department of Health spokesperson said: “Our Care Act consultation makes it clear that people, whatever their level of need, will receive help from their councils. Those with lower needs will receive advice on what services and support are available locally to help them.”
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