Our Budget Statement Response March 2024 – No respite in sight for dementia carers

March 7, 2024
March 8, 2024

Responding to today’s Budget, Frances Lawrence, CEO Dementia Carers Count commented: “For nearly one million dementia carers, the Chancellor’s failure to prioritise adequate investment in social care in today’s budget statement will be a bitter disappointment. With nine in ten dementia carers telling us that they are reaching crisis points, and a third describing their emotional health as bad or very bad, additional funding is urgently needed to relieve pressure on carers who are struggling with their caring responsibilities.  

“Most dementia carers feel invisible. Just under half have had a carer’s assessment and over a third of carers who have had an assessment have not been subsequently given a support plan. Those who have been offered support describe the options as “limited” and “inappropriate”, with a lack of adequate respite provision being a key barrier.  

“Greater investment in social care is vital so that services have the workforce and resources to offer timely and tailored support to family carers. The further squeeze on public spending announced today will increase the stress many, already overburdened, carers tell us they are feeling. 

“Unpaid carers continue to save our economy millions every day but at great personal cost. Too many carers are forced to cut back on their working hours or to leave work entirely as a result of their caring responsibilities, leaving them more financially vulnerable.  

Furthermore, as the impact of caring takes its toll on the physical and mental health of carers, pressures on health and social care services will keep growing. There will be a double whammy of dementia carers and those they are caring for becoming reliant on services which are already overstretched and under-resourced. Ring-fenced investment now in social care could mitigate against this. Ignoring the social care crisis is simply storing up far greater problems for the future.” 

For more information or interviews with a DCC spokesperson contact Iona-Jane Harris on 07807 231432 or email iona-jane.harris@dementiacarers.org.uk or Helen Pyper, Head of Policy and Campaigns, helen.pyper@dementiacarers.org.uk  

Notes to Editors 

  1. There are just under a million families living with dementia across the UK. Dementia Carers Count (DCC) supports, advocates and campaigns for dementia carers so that no-one feels isolated, invisible or alone. Find out more.  
  1. DCC carried out a survey of 1,314 dementia carers aged over 18 from across the UK between 7th June – 15th September 2023. We describe dementia carers, as anyone who offers or has offered help and support to a friend or family member to live well with dementia. An overview of the research findings is provided in our report Invisible
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