Currently, carers don’t have a legal right to receive support, although local authorities can provide support at their discretion. This means that access to assessment and the range of support on offer can vary considerably.
The Care Act, which comes into force in April 2015, gives local authorities a responsibility to assess a carer’s need for support, where the carer appears to have such needs. This replaces the existing law, which says the carer must be providing “a substantial amount of care on a regular basis” to qualify for an assessment.
for more information click here – Carers and the Care Act