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Stroud MP meets local people with learning disabilities to discuss concerns
Stroud MP meets local people with learning disabilities to discuss concerns

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Stroud MP meets local people with learning disabilities to discuss concerns

Published: 07/04/17

Neil Carmichael MP has met with adults supported by the national learning disabilities charity, Hft, to discuss the issues that matter to them.

On Friday (7 April) the local MP for Stroud joined 11 members of Hft’s speak out group, Voices To Be Heard, which represent the views of the people supported by the charity.

During the hour-long question and answer session at King’s Stanley Village Hall, the MP was asked about topics ranging from employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities to funding issues affecting the social care sector.  He also listened to concerns around the impact the introduction of the national living wage will have on Hft’s ability to deliver services.

Adam Pearce, Registered Cluster Manager, said: “Voices to Be Heard is Hft’s way of ensuring that the opinions and concerns of people we support are heard in the decisions that affect them – whether that is internally at Hft, or externally. Today was an important opportunity for them to meet Neil and ask questions about the issues that matter most to them and we look forward to seeing him raise the subjects discussed with his colleagues in Westminster.”

Neil Carmichael MP: "It was very interesting to discuss important issues with the people being supported by Hft. I will raise them with my colleagues in Parliament or the Council as appropriate."

"I was particularly delighted to hear that so many of the residents are happy with the support they receive with Hft."

Hft currently supports more than 2,500 people with learning disabilities across the country by providing specialist care and support that helps people to live with more independence, choice, dignity and control.

Notes to editors

For further information please contact: Suzanne Fry, PR & Media Manager, on 0117 906 1755 or 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

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

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