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National Dementia Strategy

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what dates (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials met HM Treasury Ministers and officials to discuss his Department’s national dementia strategy; (256785)

(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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for establishing memory clinics; how many he plans to establish; in which towns; how much each will cost; how many staff each will need; when the rollout will start; and when it will be complete. (256790)

Decisions about the nature, number and funding of memory services will be made locally by primary care trusts, depending on local circumstances.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to monitor the development of models of housing to meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers. (256793)

Decisions about monitoring implementation of the national dementia strategy, including the housing elements, will be taken during 2009-10 by the Older People and Dementia Programme Board.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been set aside for the public information campaign on the national dementia strategy; and when this will be rolled out. (256798)

The Department has allocated initial funding of £4.5 million to raise public awareness of dementia during 2009-10 and 2010-11. In addition to this, we will look to primary care trusts to raise awareness locally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes he plans to make to the next operating framework for dementia. (256799)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated to the review of existing relevant information sets as part of his Department's work on dementia; and when he expects this work to be completed. (256800)

The Department has allocated £1.5 million to the review of information sets. This work will be completed during 2009-10 and 2010-11.