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To: Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Social Care and Dementia

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)

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Reasons for signing

  • Outrageous that no public service will even offer advice let alone support to PWD and their carers. Such complete denial actively prevents the provision of suitable services in either public or private sectors by keeping the issues hidden. Such deliberate denial of support is entirely contrary to all principles of the so-called welfare state and should be questioned as a possible denial of human rights.
  • People with dementia rarely qualify for CHC because the DST is written in such a way they are excluded and also because dementia is deemed to be a mental health problem and not a disease that you will not recover from.
  • I signed so I can help other people living with dementia to live a normal life. I was diagnosed 3yrs 10 months ago and I am still living well with the help of family and friends.

Updates

2018-12-15 13:07:39 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-11-28 04:07:36 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-11-27 19:18:03 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-11-27 17:38:41 +0000

10 signatures reached