MP Lucy Allan visits Hft’s service in Ironbridge


Telford MP Lucy Allan has today visited a service in Ironbridge run by learning disabilities charity, Hft, to find out more about the work that it does to support people to live the best life possible.

On Wednesday (22 June) the local MP was given a tour of the organisation’s Shropshire services and had the chance to meet people supported at the site as well as staff.

As part of the visit Lucy met with Hft Regional Manager for Shropshire and Staffordshire, Heather Sinnott, to hear how the new living wage will impact on Hft’s ability to deliver services.

Whilst Hft is supportive of the introduction of the National Living Wage, they are campaigning to have the government meet the shortfall they face from the increased salary costs so the range of care and support offered can continue.

Speaking after the visit, Lucy Allan MP said: “It was great to meet with the people supported by Hft and their staff to see first-hand the excellent work they do.

“Hft play an important role ensuring people with learning difficulties do not get left behind. The commitment and dedication is instantly clear to see and we are fortunate to have such a service based in Telford.

“The national living wage is a positive step forward to ensuring that everyone receives a minimum level of pay that they can live on, but I appreciate the challenges that employers will face in meeting this new obligation.”

Heather Sinnott, Hft’s Regional Manager for Shropshire and Staffordshire said they were delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the work that they do at Ironbridge, which provides residential care and supported living for people with a wide spectrum of needs.

“I was pleased Lucy could visit our service in Ironbridge to see for herself the tremendous job our staff do on a daily basis to support people with learning disabilities and to listen to our concerns about the National Living Wage,” said Heather.

“We fully support the payment of the NLW.  It is a good policy but it has created an unsustainable situation for all support providers and will threaten everything we have worked hard to achieve for the people we support in this area.”

Hft currently supports more than 2,500 people with learning disabilities across the country by providing specialist care and support that helps people to live with more independence, choice, dignity and control.

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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

Subject: Services

Location: Hft Shropshire & Staffordshire