George McNamara, Head of Policy at Alzheimer’s Society, responds to today's Autumn Statement.
'Today’s Autumn Statement is a missed opportunity for the Government to address the needs of hundreds of thousands of people with dementia and their carers, leaving them to struggle at a time when they need vital care and support. We already hear about families being forced to either give up work early to provide unpaid care or dip into savings to afford it – this is only going to get worse.
'Dementia is now the biggest killer and, with the NHS currently on its knees, the Government’s failure to resuscitate social care from its crisis point is nonsense economics. The roof of the health and care system is leaking and we’re not even mopping up the floor.'