The government has worked with individuals and organisations to develop the most comprehensive overhaul of care and support since 1948, outlined in the 2014 Care Act. The changes will make the system fairer and will mean people get better care.
The draft regulations and guidance have been developed by working with expert groups, including users of care and support, local authority staff, voluntary sector organisations, social workers, and national representative bodies including those drawn from local government.
The government is seeking public opinion in a consultation open until Friday 15 August, which addresses the changes that will come into effect from April 2015.
A further consultation on the reforms that come into effect from April 2016 will take place this autumn.