Hft, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has expressed its concerns over the lack of any social care provision in the Spring Statement. The charity had previously called on the Chancellor to flesh out his thinking on the government’s planned ‘parallel body of work’ on adult social care.


Billy Davis, Public Affairs and Policy Manager, commented: “We are very disappointed that the Chancellor has neglected social care in his Spring Statement.

“The sector is in a state of crisis. Our latest Sector Pulse Check report highlighted that 34% of providers are now running at a deficit, more than treble the 11% running at a loss in 2016/17.

With 54% of providers already curbing investment and a further 50% stating they will need to do so in the near future, the sector is starting to stagnate. Indeed, 89% of respondents believe the current funding model isn’t fit for purpose.

“Yet, in spite of this, the Chancellor once again remained silent on social care. The government needs to provide clarity on the future funding of the sector now, before the support of some of the most vulnerable adults in society is put at risk.”

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For further information please contact: Suzanne Fry, PR & Media Manager, on 0117 906 1755 or suzanne.fry@hft.org.uk. For media enquiries outside of office hours please call 0117 906 1697

About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 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