Disability Action Plan ignores key issues, says Hft
In response to the publication of the Disability Action Plan, learning disability charity Hft says there are serious omissions and, as it stands, the proposals will make little difference to the lives of learning disabled adults.
Steve Veevers, CEO of Hft, says:
“The publication of the Disability Action Plan is a positive step. It’s great to see cross-departmental action on, and the prioritisation of, the needs of disabled people.
“We welcome many of the commitments set out in the plan. The commitment to explore the possibility of the UK hosting a special Olympics is really exciting, and it’s brilliant that the Government will be making their publications and communications more accessible.
“However, there are some serious omissions and we, like others, seriously doubt the ability of the plan to make a tangible and sustained difference to the lives of learning disabled adults.
“It’s hard to ignore that salient issues such as social care, housing and employment are notably absent from the Disability Action Plan. We know that learning disabled people want to see change in these areas so they can live their best life possible, as highlighted by our very own campaigning plan, Voices for Our Future.
“We hope that whoever takes office after the general election seeks to put forward a more comprehensive, far-reaching and ambitious plan to support all disabled people to thrive.”
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