Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Act 1998

The Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Act 1998 received royal assent on 11 June 1998.

The Act restricted the amount of a person's capital assets that could be taken into account by a local authority in determining someone's eligibility for charges for residential accommodation. The Department of Health set the initial limit at £16,000.

Where a person had capital resources above £16,000, the resident would be subject to paying the full cost of accommodation. However, the local authority still had responsibility to make arrangements for such persons, if they were not in a position to make arrangements for their care themselves.

Source(s)

House of Commons.
Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Act 1998.
leglisation.gov.uk; 1998.

Department of Health.
Local authority circular LAC (98)19: The Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Act 1998.
Department of Health; 1998.