Renewed calls for learning disability funding uplift

April 7, 2017

Hft is calling on councillors to join its #GiveMe5 campaign, which calls on the Government to adequately fund learning disability social care and commit to a 5% annual learning disability funding uplift 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 and 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.'

Hft launched its Doesn't Add Up campaign in October to raise awareness of the financial pressures facing funding of social care.

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