PATIENTS will be able to compare hospitals and care homes with Ofsted-style ratings from next year.

The Care Bill will replace more than a dozen separate pieces of legislation with more modern laws and will put those who receive care and support more in control of their own lives.

Coun Jenny Platts, spokesman for adults and communities, told the council's ruling cabinet the bill is a critical step in reforming care and support and introduces a cap on the costs people will have to pay for care.

"It sets out the most significant change in adult social care for decades," she said.

It will give the new chief inspector of hospitals the power to instigate a process to tackle unresolved problems more effectively.

Much of the details are subject to further consultation which will emerge as regulations and policy guidance are developed throughout the year.

Most aspects will be implemented from April 2015 with funding reform provisions coming into force from April 2016.