National eligibility criteria for adult social care were introduced on 1 April 2015 when the Care Act 2014 came into force.
All local authorities in England use the national eligibility criteria to decide whether or not adults are entitled to receive help with the care and support that they need. This means that the same eligibility rules apply in all counties within England.
Local authorities use an 'ordinary residence' test to determine which local authority is responsible for funding eligible needs.
Establishing whether someone is 'ordinarily resident' in Gloucestershire is usually straightforward. Most people who approach Gloucestershire County Council for assessment live in Gloucestershire and are 'ordinarily resident' in the County.
Sometimes however it can be less obvious where someone is 'ordinarily resident'. For example this can happen where people:
- are deemed under the Care Act to be ordinarily resident in a particular local authority area when certain types of accommodation are arranged for them in another area,
- move between or spend time in more than one local authority area,
- lack mental capacity to make their own decisions about where they wish to live.
Our Adult Social Care Ordinary Residence policy sets out how ordinary residence is determined in Gloucestershire.