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Hft calls on local Councillors to support their call for a 5% annual uplift in learning disability funding
Hft calls on local Councillors to support their call for a 5% annual uplift in learning disability funding

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Hft calls on local Councillors to support their call for a 5% annual uplift in learning disability funding

Published: 06/04/17

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, is calling on Councillors to join their #GiveMe5 campaign, which calls on Westminster Government to adequately fund learning disability social care, and commit to a 5% annual uplift in funding, to help the sector meet future demands.

As local authorities across England go to the polls on May 4th, Hft seeks to raise awareness of financial pressures faced by both local authorities and social care providers, which have arisen through a combination of central government cuts to local authority budgets and unfunded increases in operational costs, such as uplifts in the National Living Wage and the Apprenticeship Levy.

Councillors are invited to show their support for Hft’s proposals by using the hashtag #GiveMe5 on social media and write to their local MPs to raise awareness of these issues.  

Billy Davis, Public Affairs & Policy Manager at Hft, explained: “Our original research shows that 71% of learning disability providers are seeing their surpluses declining. 55% expect to be running a deficit within the next three years, and an additional 20% expect to be running at a deficit by the end of this Government. If left unchanged, this could lead to 30,000 jobs being lost from the sector by 2020, severely affecting the care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

“This is a national problem that requires a national solution. We believe that it is up to the Government, rather than local authorities, to fund social care. Our research shows that, in order to keep up with future demand, central government will need to commit to an annual uplift in funding of at least 5%.”

“Ahead of the elections on May 4th, we call on councillors to join our #GiveMe5 campaign and call on Westminster to ensure that learning disability social care receives the funding that it needs to provide essential support to some of the most vulnerable adults in society.”

For more information, please visit www.hft.org.uk/shortfall

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Notes to editors

For further information please contact: Suzanne Fry, PR & Media Manager, on 0117 906 1755 or suzanne.fry@hft.org.uk. For media enquiries outside of office hours please call 0117 906 1697

About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centered support across all its services. 

Services range from supported living to residential care – 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.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

Subject: Services
Location: National

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