This practice guidance has been developed to help local authorities meet their duty to facilitate access to independent financial information and advice under the Care Act 2014. It explains the different types of financial information and advice which are available and provides guidance to help identify those who may benefit from it and how to help people to access it, addressing some of the perceived risks. The document also brings together a number of examples of existing local authority practice.
This practice guidance is intended to complement the existing statutory guidance under the Care Act, particularly the chapter on information and advice, and should be read in conjunction with it. The practice guidance also provides links to other resources that have been made available to support local authorities in developing their information and advice service under the Care Act.