Alzheimer’s Society responds to today’s Budget announcement
Published 16 March 2016
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:
'Today’s budget simply hasn’t delivered for people with dementia and their carers, many of whom rely on social care for essential support such as help with eating and dressing. With no mention of any new money for social care, and the threat of £3.5billion further spending cuts to come, the system remains in crisis.
'The allowed 2 per cent increase for council tax still leaves a chronic shortfall of at least £1.4 billion. Dark days are ahead as care providers pull out of the market and the NHS is engulfed by rising demand. As a result, since 2010, half a million of the most vulnerable people have been left to fend for themselves. The Chancellor must use the upcoming efficiency review to protect local government.'