Alzheimer’s Society has called for action after a parliamentary question showing that government spending on dementia research has fallen. MP Chi Onwurah asked the government why total research spending on dementia had dropped from £112.9 million in 2018/19 to £104.7 million in 2019/20. The news came despite the government’s “dementia moonshot” pledge to double spending on research.
“After Covid-19, dementia was the leading cause of death in the UK in 2020,” said the Society’s associate director for research Richard Oakley. “We owe it to the 900,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia and their families to understand the condition better, so that they can live better.”