Hft adds voice to study about service provision for people with disabilities


Hft, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, has responded to calls for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on service provisions for persons with disabilities.

Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights Of Persons with Disabilities, launched the call as part of her study in to the global state of provisions of services for people with disabilities. The results of the report will be presented to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017.

Part of the study will focus on issues relating to funding and sustainability of service provision. Hft has therefore used the opportunity to present its It Doesn’t Add Up campaign, which aims to raise awareness of a shortfall in funding for social care provision since the UK Government introduced the National Living Wage in April 2016.

Billy Davis, Public Affairs & Policy Manager at Hft, commented: “Whilst Hft supports the introduction of the National Living Wage, we are concerned that this compulsory increase has not been properly factored in to local authority budgets, which still commission at the National Minimum Wage.

“Through It Doesn’t Add Up, Hft aims to highlight how this shortfall will place increased financial pressures across the learning disability sector, threatening the financial sustainability of providers, and leaving some of the most vulnerable people in society without the specialist support they need.

“Our concerns were echoed in the latest CQC report, which concluded that the adult social care sector was under ‘considerable financial strain’.

“Hft was delighted to share our knowledge with the OHCHR as part of the call for information. We wish the Special Rapporteur every success with her study, and we look forward to reading the final report in due course.”

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About Hft

Hft is a UK charity supporting more than 2,900 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales 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

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