First published: January 2015 | Last updated: December 2020

The aim of this guide is to build on the Care Act statutory guidance by outlining what local authorities need to consider when making an eligibility determination, using the national eligibility criteria. It summarises the process and key elements to consider when making an eligibility determination for an adult requiring care, as well as bringing useful resources together

It should be read in conjunction with The Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations 2015, with Chapter 6 of the Care Act statutory guidance (‘Assessment and eligibility’) and with the other SCIE products on eligibility.

For brevity and simplicity, the term ‘individual’ is used throughout this guide to refer to an adult with care and support needs or a carer with support needs.