Ahead of Philip Hammond’s first Spring Statement, Hft, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, is calling on the Chancellor to provide clarity on the government’s planned “parallel body of work” on the future funding of social care.

Billy Davis, Public Affairs and Policy Manager, commented: “According to our latest Sector Pulse Check report, the number of providers running at a deficit has more than trebled since 2016/17, with 34% of providers reporting a loss, compared to 11% last year.

“Learning disability accounts for over one third of adult social care spend in England. With the government’s Green Paper focusing solely on elderly care, the need has never been greater for the government to flesh out its thinking on the future funding of care for some of the most vulnerable adults in our society. We call on the Chancellor to use his first Spring Statement as on opportunity to set out their vision.”

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About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,900 adults with learning disabilities across England to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – 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.

For more information about Hft, please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

For more information about learning disabilities, please visit www.hft.org.uk/resources-and-guidance