Implementing England’s Care Act 2014: was the Act a success and when will we know?

Emily Burn, Sam Redgate, Catherine Needham, Stephen Peckham

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Many countries are reforming long-term care to deal with the social risks created by demographic and social change. However, the passage of legislation is often followed by a new set of challenges as policy is implemented. This article examines England’s Care Act 2014 through Compton and ‘t Hart’s criteria of policy endurance to demonstrate the importance of assessing effectiveness at multiple time points. Early success in ‘implementation readiness’ was followed by the abandonment or dilution of key commitments. Yet, the Act’s foundational principles – well-being, prevention and capping private spending – continue to shape care policy, much as its original supporters hoped.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47–63
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Care and Caring
Issue number1
Early online date7 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024

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