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Debbie Abrahams: Campaigning for people with dementia – and for improved social care all round.

My own grandmother had dementia. The family looked after her – but many people don’t have that kind of support.

Ms Abrahams said: “Typically, people with dementia spend £100,000 on their care, an astronomical sum, which would take 125 years to save for, well over a lifetime.

“Social care is in a desperate state and in urgent need of a complete overhaul. People with dementia are left struggling with a system that is unfair and unsustainable.

“The injustice of people battling to get care, on top of battling the devastating effects of dementia can’t go on and the Government must act quickly.”

It is more than an injustice. It is uncivilised.

But Tories like to pretend they are civilised. Let’s see what they do about this.

MP Debbie Abrahams has backed a call for a new £2.4 billion dementia fund by tabling a cross-party parliamentary early day motion (EDM).

The Oldham East and Saddleworth MP is co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG)on dementia.

This follows an Alzheimer’s Society report calling for urgent investment and arguing that people with dementia face an average 15 per cent higher social care costs than others

The EDM calls on the government to include a dementia fund in the forthcoming spending review to break the deadlock on reforming the social care system and end the unfairness facing people with dementia.

Source: MP Debbie Abrahams calling for £2.4 billion dementia fund | The Oldham Times

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