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Invest in dementia research

Last updated: 05:39pm 4 May 2019

…and invest in dementia research.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.65

Our verdict

Dementia is a term used to describe symptoms associated with memory loss and a decline in mental capabilities such as thinking speed and understanding. The most common form of dementia in the UK is Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.

In terms of acting on its policy promise to invest in dementia research, the government announced a £40 million investment in the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI) in March 2018. This increases the budget of the DRI to a total of £290 million. The DRI aims to:

“carry out research relevant to all dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease and beyond”

More recently, in a speech in December 2018, the Health Secretary reaffirmed the government’s commitment to funding for dementia research:

“We are investing in dementia research for better care approaches and new treatments. To that end, we are spending £300 million on dementia research between 2015 and 2020.”

Although a speech does not constitute government spending, when combined with the verifiable £40 million invested in the DRI there is enough evidence to mark this policy as ‘done’. We’ll keep monitoring to assess progress towards the promised £300 million investment by 2020. Follow this policy to stay up to date.

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