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2023-11-22 14:34:54

“Yet another disappointing announcement” – Hft responds to the Autumn Statement

Learning disability charity Hft has responded to today’s “disappointing” Autumn Statement as it calls on the Government to implement a long term funding plan for social care.

Kirsty Matthews, CEO of Hft, says:

“Today’s Autumn Statement amounts to yet another disappointing Government announcement. This was an invaluable, but missed, opportunity to invest in the beleaguered adult social care sector.

“As highlighted by a recent National Audit Office report, the Government is behind schedule on its reforms and faces significant and continued pressures around unmet need, workforce shortages and finances.

“This corroborates our own report, the Sector Pulse Check, produced in partnership with Care England, which revealed that cost pressures had forced almost one third of adult social care providers to consider closing altogether in 2022.

“With this in mind, we welcome the National Living Wage increase to £11.44p/h, but implore the Government to ensure that local authorities receive sufficient funding to pay adult social care providers enough to cover this increased cost, without forcing cuts in other areas of care provision.

“It’s high time the Government places forward a considered, long term funding plan for social care, with metrics to ensure that allocated money makes its way to the front line. Only then will our sector, our invaluable workforce, and those who draw upon our support, be able to plan for a stable and thriving future.”

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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