£650m for social care in budget - Alzheimer's Society reaction

Alzheimer's Society have responded to the news that there will be an extra £650m available for social care.

In response to Phillip Hammond's announcement of a further £650m for social care in today's budget, in addition to the £240m announced last month, Alzheimer's Society Chief Executive Jeremy Hughes said:

'£650m to prop up the broken social care system only just staves off total collapse. It does nothing for people with dementia who are footing the bill themselves, while people with other diseases are getting free support through the NHS.

'We’re told austerity is over, but people living with dementia have been forgotten, and the Budget was a missed opportunity to end this injustice. Now the pressure is on for the Government to create a properly funded and joined-up system that can deliver high quality dementia care.'