To: Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Social Care and Dementia
Following the UN Rapporteur’s visit to the UK, where he recognised that 49.9% of funding has been cut to local authorities, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, we demand a debate at the highest level of government and a solution to the gaps in social care provision which disproportionately impact upon all people affected by dementia.
Why is this important?
The lack of provision of social care in the UK is leading to immense distress for all people affected by dementia.
According to the Office of National Statistics, people with dementia are dying prematurely as a result of austerity.
Carers are not supported and are overwhelmed by the burden of unpaid care.
‘Local authorities… which perform vital roles in providing a real social safety net have been gutted by a series of government policies… The Government has remained determinedly in a state of denial’ (From the report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in the UK)