Sector Pulse Check
Hft’s annual Sector Pulse Check report provides a snapshot of the financial health of the learning disability social care sector and the impact of key challenges it has faced over the past year. We commission independent economics and business consultancy Cebr to produce the report, which is based on analysis of surveys completed by learning disability social care providers.
Our latest Sector Pulse Check report reveals that the learning disability social care sector is in an increasingly precarious position. Despite additional financial support from central government to weather the recent pandemic storm, and the promise of financial reform, the proportion of providers in deficit or seeing their surplus decrease has increased substantially over the past year, from 52% to 71%.
Yet again, we have been told the most significant cost pressure for providers was rising wage bills, and in particular increases in the National Living Wage. While this will see many staff rightly paid more for the incredible work they do, it is concerning to note that 80% of providers do not believe the money they are paid by local authorities to deliver care will cover this cost, meaning they will have to foot the bill themselves.
At a time when demand for adult social care services is growing, the ability for our sector to respond is clearly compromised, and this has been further eroded by growing workforce challenges.
What Hft is calling for
Fulfilling the potential of our sector, and realising the vision set out by this government’s commitment to ‘fix social care once and for all’, will transform the lives of millions. It is vital that escalating costs do not erode any progress made towards achieving this, so our sector is no longer fighting for sustainability, but thriving for the people we support, their families and our staff.
In order to achieve this we are calling for:
- Additional funds from the Health and Social Care levy to be drawn down for social care to cover the costs of escalating costs
- Greater clarity around how local authorities will pay fees which cover the real-term cost of living and encourage more individuals to work in the incredible social care sector.
We have joined voices with other organisations to amplify our calls to action in a letter to the Minister of State for Care, Gillian Keegan. You can read it below:Read our joint letter
Download your copy of the full report below.
Download an Easy Read copy of our Sector Pulse Check report:Easy Read report