Hft welcomes £500m social care funding boost
The Government’s much-needed additional funding for adult social care, announced yesterday, is to be welcomed but it is imperative that it reaches adult social care providers directly.
Responding to the Government’s announcement of an additional £500m for the local authority Social Care Grant, Steve Veevers, CEO of learning disability charity Hft, says: “We
are happy to see the Government prioritising this invaluable sector by committing the bulk of its £600m to prop up local councils to social care.
“This represents an additional £2-3m for each Local Authority, split across Children’s and Adult Social Care, so in real terms even less for our sector. However, in our recent Sector Pulse Check research, published in partnership with Care England, almost all providers (84%) told us that additional funding from central government administered over the past year had made no difference to the sustainability of their organisation.
“We appreciate the dire situation most Local Authorities are in; this is not a social care crisis of their making, and they are struggling with the same chronic underfunding that cascades to the adult social care sector. The Sector Pulse Check is clear that change should come from central government.
“At present, mechanisms to deliver government grants are not fit for purpose and are failing to reach, and make a difference for, the organisations who need it most. We are keen to understand how the Government will ensure this new funding makes a tangible difference to those delivering care.
“Ultimately, this is yet another example of short-term funding to tide over our sector, but our position on the brink of a precipice remains. While we know it won’t happen overnight, we cannot stress enough the importance of a long-term funding settlement for adult social care and reiterate our call for all national policy makers, people who draw up care and support, providers and local commissioners to come together to address this.
“Only then will we be able to truly address the fundamental financial and workforce challenges we face, and confidently plan to deliver innovative and high-quality care long into the future,” concludes Mr Veevers.
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