Hft | News | Local Government Finance Settlement will leave care providers footing the bill

2024-02-06 16:33:51

Latest Local Government Finance Settlement will leave care providers footing the bill

It is highly disappointing that the Government has chosen not to address the pressing financial challenges in adult social care through the Local Government Finance Settlement, clearly illustrated by a difference of more than 2% between the settlement and the upcoming National Living Wage increase.

“This discrepancy between the increase to the settlement of 7.5% and the upcoming National Living Wage increase of 9.8% means it is highly unlikely that Local Authority fees will be able to cover the cost of care, leaving care providers to foot the bill,” says Steve Veevers, CEO of learning disability charity Hft.

“This chimes with our latest Sector Pulse Check report, written in partnership with Care England, which reported that 79% of adult social care providers said that Local Authority fees did not cover the costs associated with the increasing National Living Wage. This is likely to remain the status quo,” Mr Veevers continues.

“We are mindful that it is positive that, in comparison to the provisional settlement, social care will receive an additional £500m, but as we have already highlighted, this amounts to just £2-3m for each Local Authority, split across Children’s and Adult Social Care, so in real terms this is a paltry amount for our sector.

“The Government doesn’t seem to realise the gravity of the situation. When will they properly support and recognise our sector with the financial sustainability it so desperately needs?” 

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About Hft

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