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Post-General Election Alzheimer’s Society hopes UK Government will keep promises on funding and cross-party talks

Thursday 12 December 2019

On 12 December 2019, the United Kingdom (UK) went to the polls and elected the Conservative Party into Government. The issues of social care and dementia were mentioned by the main political parties - Labour and the Conservatives. During the election, Health Secretary Matt Hancock published an article pledging that, should the Conservatives win the election, they would increase funding for social care by GBP 1 billion per year. Additionally, he committed to implementing cross-party talks to address the need for social care reform and ensure that no one will have to sell their home to pay for their care any longer.

Once elected, Boris Johnson also promised that he would set up the cross-party talks into social care reform within the first 100 days of his administration. Alzheimer’s Society will continue to engage and pressure Government to ensure that this timetable is adhered to. Further to this, the Conservative Government has pledged to double investment in dementia research throughout the next ten years. Fiona Carragher, Alzheimer’s Society’s Chief Policy and Research Officer, said “This positive funding announcement would approximately double what is spent now and could make a huge difference. "Every year dementia costs the economy GBP 34 billion. We have called for 1% of this to address the problem long term, so this announcement does fall short of that, but is still a big step in the right direction. "Dementia research is behind other disease areas and we urgently need research to fund new drugs, but we also need to fund research into care - accompanying this with radical reform of the broken social care system."

In 2020, Alzheimer’s Society will be working relentlessly to engage officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, sharing recommendations on how new investments should be spent to best support people affected by dementia.

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