Responding to an Alzheimer’s Society report on an increase in emergency hospital admissions for people with dementia, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“Councils are committed to improving the lives and wellbeing of people with dementia and their families, to ensure their care is personalised and fits around the way they want to live their lives.
“We were pleased to hear the Prime Minister’s recent pledge to bring forward a plan for a solution to adult social care this year, including for those with dementia.
“Our own social care green paper outlined some key recommendations on how best to urgently resolve this issue, which the Government has an opportunity to take forward.
“Every pound invested in council-run services such as social care helps to relieve pressure on other essential services like the NHS, keeping people out of hospital and improving their lives for the better.
“The forthcoming Budget is also an important opportunity to address this crucial issue of funding while looking ahead to finding a longer-term, cross-party solution to adult social care, which we at the LGA are happy to play our part in.”