Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd, joined Alzheimer’s Research UK at an event in Parliament to put pressure on Government ministers to fulfil their manifesto promise to double funding for dementia research, known as the Dementia Moonshot.
Tony said, “Many of us know, or have known, someone affected by dementia, and some 1,087 people are estimated to be living with dementia in Rochdale.
”Not only does it cause harm and heartbreak to families in Rochdale and across the UK, but it places a huge strain on our health and social care system.
”The economic cost to the UK of caring for people with dementia is estimated to grow from £24bn in 2014 to £59bn by 2050.
“The Conservatives made a manifesto pledge to double funding for dementia research, and it’s vital that they fulfil their promise and increase investment in research to help make the progress needed to end the fear, harm and heartbreak caused by dementia.”
Historic global underinvestment means that while dementia research is making progress, it still lags far behind research into other major conditions. The additional investment provided by the Dementia Moonshot, could transform dementia research in the UK and even help to find a life-changing treatment.
David Thomas, Head of Policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: “A big thank you to Tony for taking the time to join us and support dementia research during World Alzheimer’s Month.
“Dementia is one of the biggest global health crises we face. In 2019, the Government made a manifesto promise to double funding for dementia research to £160m a year and speed up progress in clinical trials. Now is the time to deliver on this pledge.
“The response to COVID-19 has shown us what science can achieve with increased investment and momentum. And we’re confident that, with the right support, we can make the life-changing breakthroughs that are so needed for people with dementia.”
Notes to editors:
• Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading charity specialising in finding preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia: https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/research/for-researchers/research-conference-2022/