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11 June 1998

Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Act 1998

The Act restricted the amount of capital assets that local authorities could take into account to determine eligibility for residential accommodation charges.

1 December 1998

'Modernising social services: promoting independence, improving protection, raising standards' white paper

The government set out plans to improve provision of social services, including a new system of regulation and inspection of social care providers.

1 January 1999

Caring about carers: a national strategy

The first national carers strategy was published, aiming to improve information, support and care available to carers.

March 1999

'With respect to old age: long-term care - rights and responsibilities'

The Royal Commission on Long-Term Care reported back. It recommended that the costs of personal care be met by the state, and living and housing costs be means tested.

16 June 1999

Consultation on regulation of the private and voluntary sectors

The consultation document recommended the establishment of a new regulatory body for private and voluntary health and social care providers.

30 June 1999

Health Act 1999

The Act intended to improve local authority and NHS coordination, formally abolished GP fundholding and made provision for primary care trusts.

11 August 1999

Government guidance on funding continuing healthcare

Following the Court of Appeal judgement in the case of Coughlan, the government advised health and local authorities to revise their policies and eligibility criteria for continuing healthcare.

1 December 1999

'Better care, higher standards: a charter for long-term care'

In this national charter, the government set out how local housing, health and social services departments should collaborate to deliver adult social care services.

1 July 2000

NHS Plan (2000)

The plan (a milestone for competition policy in the NHS) outlined significant health and care system reforms and responded to the 1999 Royal Commission's report on long-term care.