In a letter to directors of adult social services, the Department of Health has confirmed that local authorities will receive £433 million this financial year to pay for the cost of implementing the Care Act 2014. 

Of the total, £186.6 million has been allocated to the funding of duties introduced by the Care Act, including carer assessment and support, access to advocacy support, adult safeguarding, and ensuring continuity of care for people moving area. 

Local authorities will also receive £114.6 million to add to the Better Care Fund in order to support carers, as required under the Act. 

The Department of Health will also make £10.45 million available to help local authorities to meet their duty to assess and meet the care and support needs of prisoners.