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'In Control' pilots

The 'In Control' pilots allowed service users, particularly adults with learning difficulties, to be involved in their care planning using individual budgets.

1 April 2003

The 'Supporting People' programme

The programme was intended to support vulnerable people to live independently and to avoid homelessness or admission to institutional care.

8 April 2003

The Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act 2003

The Act required local authorities to pay health care providers if they were responsible for the delayed discharge of an NHS patient from that provider.

1 June 2003

National minimum standards for care homes

Standards for care homes for adults and older people came in for NCSC inspectors to use when inspecting care and private health providers.

20 November 2003

The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003

The Act provided for the establishment of NHS foundation trusts – which had greater financial and management freedoms – and a new independent regulator.

24 June 2004

'The NHS improvement plan: putting people at the heart of public services' white paper

The government outlined its priorities for the NHS between 2004–08, and confirmed there would be continued investment to increase capacity across the system.

22 July 2004

Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004

The Act placed a duty on local authorities to inform a carer of their entitlement to request an assessment of their needs and ability to provide care.

January 2005

'Improving the life chances of disabled people' report

The report was a cross-government strategy, setting out a programme to improve the opportunities and life chances for disabled people by 2025.

3 March 2005

Partnerships for Older People Project (POPP)

POPP made £60m available to local authorities to develop pilot projects to test different models of service delivery aimed at promoting the independence and health of older people.