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Care Act 2014

Section 38 - Case where assessments not complete on day of move

253.This section applies when the “second authority” has not carried out the assessment required under section 37(6) before the person moves into its area, or has done so, but has not taken the other steps required to meet the adult’s needs. Subsection (1) sets out that the “second authority” must meet the needs which the first authority had been meeting, from the day of the adult’s arrival in this area. This will ensure there is continuity of care when an individual, and potentially their carer, move. It is also required to continue to update the person’s care account by the amount set by the “first authority”. Where the “first authority” has not been meeting the adult’s needs under section 18, but has provided an independent personal budget, the “second authority” must only continue the adult’s care account. Subsection (2) stipulates that the “second authority” must continue to meet the person’s, and potentially their carer’s, needs until it has carried out its own assessment.

254.Subsection (7) provides a power for the “second authority” to recover the costs of care from the “first authority” if it is deemed that the individual moving remains ordinarily resident in the area of the “first authority”.

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