Tom Tugendhat MP visits Hft’s service in Edenbridge


Tom Tugendhat MP has today visited a service in Edenbridge run by learning disabilities charity, Hft, to find out about their work and listen to concerns around the National Living Wage (NLW).

On Friday (9 September) the local MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling had the chance to meet people supported at the Kent services of the charity which aims to help people live the best life possible.

During the visit Tom was given a tour of the site and met with Hft’s Operations Manager, Traver Manga, to hear more about the effect the introduction of the National Living Wage will have on the charity’s ability to deliver services.

Speaking after the visit, Tom Tugendhat MP said: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit Hft. I have worked closely with Traver and the team over a number of months to help Hft succeed. Edenbridge relies on charities like Hft locating in the town to enable it to prosper.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Hft in the future, and will continue to raise issues on their behalf regarding the National Living Wage, and other matters of concern.”

Traver Manga, Hft’s Operations Manager said the visit provided an opportunity to showcase the work that they do at the service in Edenbridge.  This includes providing residential care and supporting people to live in their own homes and take part in a range of leisure activities within the local community.

“We were delighted to welcome Tom to our service in Edenbridge so he could see for himself 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 Traver.

“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 Kent (North)