The Alzheimer Society of Ireland welcomes Irish Government Budget Day announcement

31/10/2022

Last July, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) called on the Irish Government to invest EUR 19 million in urgent infrastructure and community supports for people affected by dementia, to meet the growing need for dementia-specific care for thousands of people across the country, in its Pre-Budget Submission 2023, called "Dementia Can’t-Wait – Urgent Funding Needed to Address Rising Need".
The ASI welcomed the news, in October, that the Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, announced that the priority focus of the development of dementia services and supports will continue in the Budget 2023 announcement.
The measures announced in Budget 2023 for people living with dementia and for family carers:
•    EUR 6.96 M for National Dementia Strategy implementation, including EUR 2.1 M for dementia-specific day care centres
•    EUR 5.2 M to increase the proportion of dementia-specific new home support hours to 15%
•    Increase to 15% of new home care hours ringfenced for people with dementia
•    Continuation of dementia at-home support and continued funding of The ASI
•    Social protection increases and one-off payments, in particular, the EUR 500 for family carers; they will go some way to alleviating the financial burden on people affected by dementia.
The ASI appreciates the support for the Pre-Budget 2023 campaign, including staff, branches, e-campaigners and advocacy champions.
Minister Butler has meaningfully engaged with The ASI since her appointment, and they welcome her understanding and funding of much-needed dementia services.
The ASI acknowledges the considerable engagement with Minister Mary Butler, Senator Fiona O’Loughlin, and everyone in the All-Party Oireachtas Group on Dementia.
Pictured: The ASI's Cormac Cahill with All Party Oireachtas Group on Dementia Chair, Senator Fiona O'Loughlin