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

Burn, Emily, Redgate, Sam, Needham, Catherine, Peckham, Stephen (2023) Implementing England’s Care Act 2014: was the Act a success and when will we know? International Journal of Care and Caring, . pp. 1-17. ISSN 2397-883X. (doi:10.1332/239788221x16916503736939) (KAR id:102790)


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.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/239788221x16916503736939
Uncontrolled keywords: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Policy, Sociology and Political Science, Health (social science)
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Funders: National Institute for Health Research (
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Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2023 15:51 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2024 15:40 UTC
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