LEGAL LEARNING SESSION: Care Act legal update

10/14/2020 11:30 - 12:30

Five years on from the Care Act’s implementation, a body of case law has developed around its application, much of which relates to social workers’ key tasks of assessment, eligibility determination care and support planning and personal budget setting. In addition, a number of Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman decisions in recent years has highlighted repeated council failings in this area.

This session will examine significant Care Act court judgments and ombudsman decisions, while reviewing the state of the legal framework in the light of the emergency changes to it brought about by the Coronavirus Act 2020.  Delegates will receive:

  • Analysis of the implications for practice of Care Act court judgments in relation to how needs assessments should be carried out, eligibility determined, care and support plans drawn up and personal budgets set.
  • The key points from recent ombudsman judgments including in relation to reducing care packages and setting limits to personal budgets. 
  • An assessment of the ongoing significance of the ‘easements’ to the Care Act enacted under the Coronavirus Act.

Please note there is a fee of £15 + VAT to reserve your place at this session if booked in advance. Places can be booked on the day of the event for £18 + VAT.


Tim Spencer-Lane, lawyer specialising in mental capacity, mental health and social care law