“Social care is struggling at all levels” – Hft responds to ADASS Autumn Survey
Learning disability charity Hft has responded to yesterday’s publication of the ADASS Autumn Survey, saying the report reaffirms the extensive challenges facing the adult social care sector.
Kirsty Matthews, CEO of Hft, says:
“The findings of the ADASS Autumn Survey are highly distressing; they are indicative of a sector struggling at all levels – from the front line to local authority offices.
“With adult social care leaders in England needing to find another £83.7 million of cuts, as 470,00 people wait for support, it is clear that current funding and action are not keeping up with demand.“Our Sector Pulse Check research, produced in partnership with Care England, illustrates how this is reflected in the experiences and actions of providers. In 2022, 42% were forced to close down part of their organisation or hand back contracts due to cost pressures.
“Undeniably, the adult social care sector is resilient. Despite persistent funding shortfalls, providers do their very best to continue to provide vital services. But we should expect more. Providers should not have to shoulder the financial burden of funding cuts and those who need support should not have to fight for it.
“It’s not too late. Next week’s Autumn Statement will be the ideal opportunity for the Government to demonstrate that it values the adult social care sector, and those who draw upon it, by investing in a sustainable and thriving future.”
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