Conservatives pledge to double dementia funding to £1.6bn

Boris Johnson

The Conservatives have pledged to double dementia research funding to £1.6bn over the next 10 years.

The party said that if it wins the December 12 election it will make finding a cure for dementia one of its biggest collective priorities.

“This will include doubling research funding into dementia and speeding up trials for new treatments,” the election manifesto said.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “As people live longer, dementia becomes a real issue, and so what we’re announcing today is a £1.6bn moonshot to tackle dementia.”

The Tories also confirmed its three-point plan to find a long-term solution for social care in its manifesto.

It pledged an additional £1bn per year for adult social care, and committed to seeking a cross-party consensus on long-term reform, adding that “nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it”.

Speaking at the launch of the manifesto, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said: “Since this government has been in power we’ve allocated about £1.5bn towards addressing the social care issue both for adult and child social care and helping local councils with the huge pressures that they face.

“We are going to put another billion every year in the life of the Parliament into fixing that but what we’re also going to do, is do what I think people in this country would expect us to do, which is to build on what I think is a growing national consensus about the way forward.

“And we will reach out cross party – we will be optimistic and the way we do that, and try to bring people together – and we will have a long term plan that achieves two things.

“First of all, it ensures that everybody has dignity and security in their old age, and secondly that nobody, nobody has to sell their home to pay for the cost of their care.”

The Conservatives also said they will provide £74m over three years for additional capacity in community settings for those with learning disabilities and autism.

Commenting on the manifesto, Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care England, said: “We welcome the commitment to an extra £1bn a year to stabilise social care (though we have said this requires £4bn) and we also welcome the commitment to supporting people with learning disabilities to lead better lives in community services.

“We would welcome the building of a political consensus on social care, but this must not be used as an excuse for any incoming government not to take immediate action to deliver a long-term solution for the funding, staffing an status of social care.”

The Tories’ social care pledges came after Labour promised free personal care for the elderly and the Liberal Democrats announced an extra £35bn for health and social care in their manifestos.

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