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Assessment, eligibility and portability for care users and carers

Accompanying Impact Assessment for the White Paper

The current system of assessment and eligibility is often confusing and unfair for users and carers, with variable access across the country. Care users find it difficult to move between councils, particularly as their care and support can be interrupted until a new assessment is carried out. Carers do not yet have the same entitlements to assessment and support as care users, which can affect both their own outcomes and those of the people they care for. There is a lack of clarity regarding the responsibility for the assessment and provision of care and support in prisons, which has led to care needs not being assessed or appropriately provided for. Injured veterans must use their compensation payments to pay for social care.