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Charity warns of social care providers’ struggles ahead if funding gap is not plugged

The Government must plug the long-term funding gap in social care by allocating a higher proportion of the health and social care levy to the sector, otherwise, providers will struggle to meet the growing demand for care in the future.

This is according to Kirsty Matthews, CEO of learning disability charity Hft, who was responding to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee report on Adult Social Care, published this week.

The only way the health and social care sector can remain even vaguely sustainable during this difficult period is if the Government urgently redirects funds from the newly introduced levy, she adds.

“This report echoes calls Hft has made about the levy on numerous occasions,” says Ms Matthews. “Indeed, our recent Sector Pulse Check research highlights the extent of the problem. It found that 71% of learning disability care providers were either in deficit or their surplus had decreased, while funding pressures had forced 43% of providers to close services or hand back contracts during 2021. Inflation, rising energy bills and the cost of living crisis only will serve to exacerbate this.

“The report is just the latest in a long line of publications highlighting how our vital sector is teetering on a precipice. It is essential that whoever becomes the next Prime Minister takes immediate action to meet the recommendations in this report so the adult social care sector is able to weather the storm of the coming winter and continue to provide support in the years ahead to everyone who needs it,” Ms Matthews concludes.


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