Labour urge council to sign 'Dementia Manifesto'

September is ‘World Dementia Month’, and Labour councillors are renewing their call for Barnet Council to sign the Alzheimer’s Society ‘Dementia Manifesto for London’.

Barnet is the ‘Dementia Capital of London’ with the highest prevalence amongst all the boroughs and almost twice the average - 0.61% of the population compared with 0.35%.

Barnet’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) estimate that there are 4,000 people living in Barnet with dementia, with the number increasing rapidly - 1.5 times faster than other London locations.

The Manifesto calls for those who live with dementia to:

a) Get a timely diagnosis and appropriate post-diagnosis support.

b) Receive the best quality care and support.

c) Feel part of a dementia friendly community and have choice and control over their own lives.

Signing up to the ‘Dementia Manifesto’ was a Barnet Labour local election pledge, and Labour councillors will formally sign it on 2nd October just before the Adults & Safeguarding Committee.

The committee will be discussing the 'Dementia Manifesto' as part of the health and social care integration business plan at next week’s meeting. The Business Plan shows that implementing the Dementia Manifesto which costs £27k will save £11k per person with dementia for every year they remain in the community.

Labour councillors proposed that the Adults & Safeguarding Committee sign and implement the ‘Dementia Manifesto’ at the July committee meeting but it was deferred until the Health & Wellbeing Board could discuss it.

Labour’s Health & Social Care Spokesperson, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "Implementing the Dementia Manifesto will not only transform the lives of those living with dementia and give support to their carers, it will also potentially save £11,000 per person with dementia who remains in the community.

"That’s potentially a saving of up to £44m a year for the 4,000 people affected in Barnet – and all for the miniscule cost of £27,000."

Notes:

  1. The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Manifesto for London: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/download_info.php?fileID=2100 
  2. Barnet Labour Local Election 2014 Manifesto:http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/betterbarnet/pages/474/attachments/original/1398789258/Labour_Manifesto_final.pdf?1398789258 
  3. Barnet 'Dementia Map’ in London - Map 11 page 16: http://www.nepho.org.uk/cmhp/index.php?pdf=E09000003
  4. Health & Social Care Integration Business Plan:
  5. http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s18033/Business%20Case%20for%20Barnet%20Health%20and%20Social%20Care%20-%20Integration%20of%20Services.pdf

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For further details please contact: 

Labour’s Health & Social Care Spokesperson & Deputy Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings

07833 530 593

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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