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Social Determinantsof HealthAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Inequality and Wellbeing$
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Adrian Bonner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336846

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336846.001.0001

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The Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014

(p.311) Twenty-Two The Care Act 2014
Social Determinantsof Health

Paul Burstow

Policy Press

This chapter examines the significance of Care Act 2014, a piece of legislation that modernises more than six decades of care and support law into a single, clear statute, which takes into account people's needs and what they want to achieve in their lives. Before discussing the main features of the Care Act, the chapter considers the Poor Law and how the Care Act breaks with the Poor Law principle of less eligibility, which persisted in National Assistance Act 1948. The National Assistance Act was the legal framework governing adult social care in England and Wales and replaced the Poor Law. The chapter also describes community-based approaches to social care, how well-being became the new organising principle for the Care Act, and the negative health and wealth impacts of caring. It concludes by analysing the debates about integrating health and social care in the UK.

Keywords:   well-being, Care Act 2014, Poor Law, National Assistance Act 1948, social care, community-based approaches, health

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