(2) what consideration he gave to announcing to Parliament the funding settlement for the national dementia strategy;
(3) if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s funding proposal for the national dementia strategy.
The Department and Her Majesty’s Treasury had regular keep in touch meetings to discuss upcoming policies and discussions about the national dementia strategy which took place on an ongoing basis in the months prior to the launch of the Strategy.
Parliament was informed of the publication of the national dementia strategy on 3 February by means of a written parliamentary statement. Hon. Members were also informed that copies of the Strategy had been placed in the Vote Office, and in the Library. The Strategy itself did not refer to funding. However, the impact assessment, published on the Department’s website alongside the strategy, set out in detail the potential costs associated with different implementation options.
The Department has announced funding of £150 million to support implementation of the national dementia strategy in 2009-10 and 2010-11. An outline of indicative costs for implementing the strategy are set out in the Impact Assessment for the strategy, available of the Department’s website, although decisions on funding for future years will be made in the light of learning from the demonstrator sites and evidence gathering of the first two years. This information is contained with “Living well with dementia: A National Dementia Strategy” which has already been placed in the Library.