This policy details how Bath & North East Somerset Council intends to deliver its duties under and/or exercise powers it has under legislation.
- The Care Act 2014 gives new rights to carers. It places them on an equal footing with those that they care for. It applies to adult carers of adults, to young carers approaching adulthood and to parent carers when their child with additional needs is approaching adulthood.
- The Care Act 2014 makes it clear that the duties towards a carer are with the local authority in which the person with the care needs is ordinarily resident. Through this arrangement, carers living in Bath & North East Somerset and carers outside Bath & North East Somerset who are caring for someone living in Bath & North East Somerset will be supported in their caring roles and in their lives outside caring (see section below on ordinary residence).
- The Children and Families Act 2014 gives new rights to young carers and to parent carers of children with additional needs to have an assessment of their needs. It also identifies that young carers may be Children in Need. Bath & North East Somerset Children’s Services retain responsibility for these assessments.