LEARNING disability charity Hft has responded to a speech by Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, on his party’s vision for the voluntary sector, saying charities must be remunerated for the vital services they deliver.
Steve Veevers, CEO of Hft said:
“It’s refreshing to hear that, should they be elected, the Labour Party wants to create genuine partnerships with the Charity Sector to address their key policy priorities.
“Starmer is right to outline how the Third Sector has a comprehensive understanding of society’s challenges and can propose the best solutions, due to its delivery of vital services.
“However, it’s imperative that in the creation of a ‘society of service’, charities are not taken for granted. We must be properly remunerated for the service we deliver.
“For far too long, our sector, namely the adult social care sector, has had to foot the bill for the underfunding of the invaluable support it provides. This was clearly illustrated in our Sector Pulse Check research, published just last week in partnership with Care England, in which 79% of adult social care providers reported that local authority fees did not cover the costs associated with the increased National Living Wage in 2023.
“It is simply not realistic or sustainable to expect the Charity Sector to continue to make up the difference when, thanks to a lack of central government funding, local governments are not able to pay the true cost of care.
“We are ready and waiting to work with whoever forms the next government to address some of our key societal challenges. At the top of that list is securing a long-term funding settlement for adult social care so providers can deliver securely and sustainably into the future.”