Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has once again called on the government to provide a sustainable funding solution for the social care sector.
The charity has reacted with dismay at the latest research by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass), which warns that social care is ‘on the verge of collapse’ in some areas of England.
Billy Davis, Public Affairs and Policy Manager at Hft, commented:
“Today’s research from Adass adds to the growing body of evidence that there is an ongoing funding crisis crippling the social care sector.
“Adass’ revelation that English councils plan to push through social care cuts of £700m over 2018/19 is deeply worrying at a time when providers are warning that lack of funding is impacting negatively on their services. Indeed, our own independent research published earlier this year warns that the number of providers in the learning disability sector operating at a deficit has nearly trebled over the past year from 11% to 34%. This is a national funding crisis, which requires a national solution from central Government.
“In February 2016, Hft launched our It Doesn’t Add Up campaign to raise awareness of financial pressures facing the learning disabilities sector. Some two-and-a-half years later, a sustainable funding solution looks further away than ever. We hope that the government’s forthcoming Green Paper on social care will offer bold proposals to the ongoing crisis, in order to ensure some of the most vulnerable adults in society continue to receive the high quality, person-centered support they deserve.”
Notes to editors
Hft is a national charity that creatively supports more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Services range from residential care to supporting people to live independently in their own homes – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.
Established in 1962, Hft is funded in two ways: through local authorities, who fund vital support services, but also through donors, supporters and volunteers who enable us to find new ways to help more people to thrive rather than just get by.
For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk