Responding to the Government’s announcement on social care reform, Kirsty Matthews, CEO of learning disability charity Hft said:
“After numerous broken promises, years of waiting and a global pandemic, we are cautiously optimistic about today’s announcement on social care, which is the first step on a long road to much needed reform.
“The new health and social care levy will provide a healthy sum of £36bn over the next three years. However, as estimated by the Health Foundation, £12bn is required immediately to stabilise social care, and we are concerned the new funding will not sufficiently meet the needs of both the NHS and our sector as well as providing a long-term sustainable solution.
“We are keen to understand how the government plans to place social care on a sustainable footing. A funding solution must ensure providers no longer have to resort to handing back contracts, offering care to fewer people or making staff redundancies to mitigate cost pressures as illustrated by Hft’s Sector Pulse Check report.
“Any plans for social care reform must also address the multitude of other systematic issues in the sector such as high rates of staff attrition and low pay. The upcoming consultation on social care reform will therefore provide a vital opportunity for the needs of those who draw upon, and work within, social care to be expressed and addressed.
“We hope today is just the start of far reaching and ambitious plans for social care, and we will engage fully with the upcoming legislative agenda including the white paper on reform and the Bill to integrate social care with the NHS. Ultimately, this must result in a system which ensures all who need it receive good quality care delivered with independence and choice in mind, rewards those who work in the sector with a professional status and fair pay, and grants long-term financial sustainability to providers.”
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