MICRA and Law School researchers author new blog 'Teasing the easing of the Care Act 2014: Transparent legal protection or hidden unmet need'


MICRA researcher and former director Professor Debbie Price is involved in collaborative research with colleagues from the School of Law – Neil Allen and Dr Philip Drake, along with Dr Jayne Astbury from the School of Social Sciences. 

The research (funded by NIHR)  into co-resident carers of someone living with dementia, examines and explores endemic legal uncertainty during the pandemic social care crisis.

Ageing Issues, from the British Society of Gerontology has now published a blog on this research. 

The researchers found that local authorities across England confronted similar issues, namely:

  • the closure of day services;
  • support groups closing or moving online;
  • dramatic reductions in the provision of domiciliary care;
  • significantly reduced access to care homes for carer respite;
  • inadequate personal protective equipment for some care staff;
  • diverting resources from Care Act reviews to frontline delivery;
  • a drop in adult safeguarding referrals.

The blog authors then ask the question: why then did some local authorities trigger their need for legal protection via the Care Act easements whilst others left themselves exposed?

Read the full post on the Ageing Issues blog: