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Transforming Care can work but it must be properly funded if we’re to transform care for all
Transforming Care can work but it must be properly funded if we’re to transform care for all

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Transforming Care can work but it must be properly funded if we’re to transform care for all

Published: 02/03/17

Last night’s Dispatches: Under Lock and Key documentary sadly unveiled more mistreatment of some of the most vulnerable young people in society, yet it also showed how, with the right person-centred community-based support, lives can be transformed for the better. 

Chief Executive of Hft, Robert Longley Cook said: “Anyone watching Dispatches will have been appalled by how young people with the most complex and challenging of needs and their families were treated. It has long been acknowledged through Transforming Care that long stay hospitals and assessment and treatment units are not the environments we should be investing in if we want the best outcomes for people with learning disabilities.

"While it was encouraging to see how the life of one young woman has been positively transformed since re-joining the community and through the specialist support she has received, there are many others who have not had this opportunity and are still being failed by the system.

"At Hft we are passionate about providing personalised, community-based support and view ourselves as part of the solution that Transforming Care rightly demands. Yet unfortunately, what the programme did not highlight were any of the critical barriers preventing progress that are facing providers like us. If we are to make specialised, community-based support a reality for everyone, we must be properly funded.

"Unlike healthcare, social care funding is not ring fenced.  We are faced with ongoing local authority funding cuts and the risk of additional unforeseen costs due to changing legislation around sleep-in payments. This means we are currently being forced to focus our efforts on how we can continue to provide personalised community-based services while absorbing rising costs, rather than how can we increase the services and accommodation needed to move more people in to the community.

"Without significant changes to how social care is funded, assessment and treatment units and long stay hospitals will remain a reality for some and the social care system will struggle to truly transform care to ensure that everyone, regardless of the complexity of their needs, can live the best life possible. I hope that in the upcoming budget the Government addresses this critical issue for social care.”


Notes to editors

For further information please contact: Kat Turton on 0117 906 1755 or at . For media enquiries outside of office hours please call 0117 906 1697

It Doesn’t Add Up

  • Hft commissioned research by independent economics and business consultancy, Cebr, which highlighted as many as 30,000 jobs in the learning disability sector, could be at risk in the next four years.
  • Without additional funding to properly fund the national living wage the situation will be intensified.
  • Hft is calling on the Government to support at least a 5% uplift in funding per year to ensure the sector can break.

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-centred 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   or contact Kat Turton, on 0117 906 1755 or at 
  • For media enquiries outside of office hours please call 0117 906 1697.

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