4 things the government's Autumn Budget needs to consider

The Autumn Budget sets out the Government’s spending for the coming year. So, what does the Chancellor need to consider for people with dementia?

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On Wednesday 22 November, the Chancellor Phillip Hammond will set out the government’s spending budget for the coming year.

Alzheimer’s Society has been calling for urgent funding of the social care system to ensure people with dementia receive the care they need.

The annual budget provides a key opportunity to see if our voices have been heard. So, what does the Chancellor’s budget need to consider for people with dementia?

4 things the government's Autumn Budget needs to consider

1) Provide adequate short-term funding for social care to prevent a worsening crisis

The number of people with dementia stuck in hospital when they are well enough to leave has hugely increased in the last few years. This is piling pressure on the NHS this winter, generally due to a lack of support in their home or available care home space.

2) Deliver on the duties and principles in the Care Act 2014.

The Care Act 2014 sets out the duty of local authorities to assess people’s need and provide access to publicly funded care where it's needed.

Due to the increased cuts to local authority budgets, many are struggling to meet this duty. This means people with dementia are not receiving the care they urgently need.

3) Commit the funding needed for reform to the social care system.

The current social care system is unsustainable and requires fundamental reform, as shown by the commitment to a consultation on social care in the Queen’s Speech in the summer.

The government must now show leadership and work with the health, social care and voluntary sector to create long lasting plans which are fair for people with dementia.

4) Commit the funding to train the social care workforce to provide safe, quality dementia care

Almost 40% of home care workers receive no dementia training at all. People with dementia who receive inadequate care are at greater risk of hospital admission, and more likely to face a delayed discharge.

Our research found that of the 60% of people with dementia who went into hospital from their own home, only 36% returned there. The majority were discharged into residential care. We are calling for the government to allocate £25 million to dementia training for all homecare workers over the next four years.

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I agree with the comments you make regarding the budget commitments but would point out that the Alzheimer's Society should also in their own budget for the monies received from the public support people with dementia and their carers in such activities such as Singing for the Brain, Exercise, Reminiscing, Entertainment, Memory Cafes.

In the London Borough of Sutton all these activities were, in March 2015, shut down without any consultation and any representation was ignored. Members were so amazed that volunteers decided to continue these activities and no support was received in anyway from the Society.

So Alzheimer's Society please practice what you preach!

I agree with this gentleman. The Alz society have closed most of their services and now want to rely on volunteers they have let so many people down in different borough's. Their costs for services are too high it is now more of a business than a charity and helping people with dementia comes second the business side comes first. The charity has lost the reason why it was first started.

Debbie

I think you make a very important point about costs and how the Alzheimer's Society have strayed into a business mentality. I think that they still provide good information services and are good at funding research projects but, unfortunately, to the exclusion of supporting sufferers and carers with social activities.

We found in Sutton that no discussion/consultation took place and despite protests all representation was ignored. A decision had been made and both central and local staff refused to engage with the views of users.

Sad but true.

However, there is always time for a change of heart and would urge Jeremy Hughes and Tim McLachlan to reconsider the needs/ views of grassroot users.

Regards

Jack

It would be great for the decency of a reply as to why local services were not supported by the Alzheimer's Society?

Dear Mr Stone,

Thank you for getting in touch. We have passed your message on to Tim McLachlan, our Operations Director for Local Services, who will be in touch with you in the New Year to discuss this in more detail. Thanks again and all the best.

Thanks for responding.

In the past Central Office have not responded so it would be great after nearly three years to have an answer and why local members, carers and people with dementia were not and still are not .

Jack Stone

The problem with Alzheimer's can get worse as the population gets older as most people know and I am a cure is many years away. So it is our duty to make the government aware of this and push for all the funding before a true crisis arises and is about the carers as well as the sufferers. Regards. Clive.

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