- Rt Hon Philip Hammond MPChancellor of the Exchequer
URGENT: proper funding for learning disability services
The Government must properly fund the new National Living Wage before vulnerable people with learning disabilities lose vital specialist support.
People with learning disabilities are among the most vulnerable in our society. They rely on the support of specialist providers, such as charities like Hft, who are paid to provide that support by local councils.
We all agree that the National Living Wage is a good thing. It is absolutely right that hard-working and specialist-skilled people, who provide care and support for some of the most vulnerable people in society, are paid well for what they do. But there are a number of unintended consequences to the introduction of the National Living Wage which could lead to market failures across the sector.
Insufficient funding from central government means most local councils are not able to automatically increase the amount that support providers are paid to make up the difference, so providers are not able to increase funds to cover their rising costs.
Put simply, It Doesn’t Add Up!
With at least 70% of costs for providers like Hft being staff wages, a mandatory and underfunded increase in the amount we pay makes quality services far less sustainable.
This shortfall in funding will likely lead to some charities and other organisations providing support to vulnerable adults being forced to close, with devastating consequences for the thousands of people reliant on them for their care.
Action must be taken.
We need your help to get a fair deal for people with learning disabilities and to avoid a crisis in the social care sector,
Please join us in calling for the National Living Wage to be properly funded.
- Chancellor of the Exchequer
Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
URGENT: fair treatment for adults with learning disability
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