Pre-Budget Submission 2020
About Pre-Budget 2020
We have launched our Pre-Budget Submission 2020 ‘Dementia Supports Across Ireland – Still Asking, Still Waiting, Still Struggling’ and have called on the Government to fund vital community supports and home care that are so desperately needed to help thousands of people living with dementia and their struggling families across Ireland.
The Pre-Budget Submission event in Dublin on July 3rd was attended by TDs and Senators from across the political divide. Speakers included dementia advocate Dr Helen Rochford Brennan, carer, author and broadcaster Teena Gates and CEO Pat McLoughlin.
Our Pre-Budget Submission 2020 outlines the urgency of the situation and makes the case for why the Government must deliver extra funding for dementia-specific supports and services on Budget Day after years of false dawns:
- Still Asking: People with dementia and their carers are still asking the Government why no county in Ireland has even a minimum standard of supports and services. The time to provide funding is now.
- Still Waiting: People with dementia and their carers are still waiting for equitable and fair access to the supports and services that they desperately need. The time for action is now.
- Still Struggling: People with dementia and their carers are still struggling on a daily basis, sometimes silently and painfully, due to the lack of services and supports. The time to end this struggle is now.
We are calling on the Government to invest:
Still Asking, Still Waiting, Still Struggling Campaign Video
A special video was also launched featuring Dr Helen Rochford Brennan, member of the Irish Dementia Working Group (IDWG), who has been an active campaigner on behalf of The ASI for well over six years.
Helen, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2012, has witnessed many disappointments as successive Budget Days have passed without ring-fenced funding being announced for dementia.
Sligo native Helen, who is also now a carer for her husband who has a serious health condition, believes that the wait for extra funding must finally end.
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Please join us by adding your voice to the thousands of others who are helping us campaign for better services and supports for people with dementia and their families.
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Contact your local TD
Please take 30 seconds to send this letter to your local TD which is asking them to pledge their support to lobby government to provide a minimum leverl of dementia supports in every county.
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County-by-County Breakdown of Services
The ASI has the body of evidence to prove that people living with dementia and their families are still dealing with inadequate services and supports. In 2018 a mapping project carried out by ASI and National Dementia Office (NDO) shows that not only does access to community dementia-specific services vary depending on where you live, but no county has even a minimum level of dementia support.
Please click HERE and go to the Dementia and Your Area section.