I have read various posts referring to the difficulties involved in obtaining appropriate social care but cannot see a specific thread for advice and links to the relevant legislation and appropriate guidance on this issue. The legal rights and thresholds to social care varies by location, so this thread is specific to England, UK. The right to social care for both the person in need and their carer is now covered by the Care Act England (2014), which comes with statutory guidance. The intentions behind this legislation were good and should have significantly reduced the 'postcode lottery' for social care that preceded it. Unfortunately the change was enacted in a period of increasing, long-term austerity, which in contrast to the intent of the Act has led to many people either having their existing social care packages reduced or in them losing their entitlement to care entirely. Social care is assessed and provided by individual local authorities, meaning it is very difficult to find guidance on how to maximise your chances of getting the care you actually need. For this reason, I feel a dedicated thread may help many people on this forum. Over the last few years I have learnt a fair amount about these issues from qualified and experienced peers in the autistic self-advocacy community, so will personally try to add information to this thread as and when I am able (much of which is on my old computer, so please bear with me). Obviously, if anyone else has contributions, advice, tips or questions on this topic please do post them here. Under the Care Act (2014) both the individual with a need for care and their (unpaid) carer are entitled to have an appropriate needs assessment. A carer is entitled to have the needs they have to continue in their caring role met. Many carers are still unaware of this legal right. Unpaid carers are not required to have a financial assessment or to contribute financially to their own support.