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28 June 1995

The Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995

Legislation gave carers the right to ask for an assessment of their needs and ability to care for a person who was being assessed for eligibility for community care services.

4 July 1996

Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996

Legislation gave local authorities the power to make direct payments to people aged 18–65 who had been assessed as needing community care services.

20 March 1997

A landmark ruling on local authority eligibility assessments

A House of Lords' judgement concluded that a local authority could take into account its resources when assessing a person's eligibility for community care services.