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Liz Kendall MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, speaking ahead of David Cameron's speech on dementia, said:

"The crisis in dementia cannot be addressed without tackling the crisis in care. More than £1 billion has been cut from local council budgets for older people's social care since the Government came to power. Eight out of ten councils are now providing support only for those with substantial and critical needs.

"Charges for vital services for people with dementia, like home help, are increasing and vary hugely across the country. These are a stealth tax on some of the most vulnerable people in society.

"The increase in funding for dementia research is welcome. But the Government is in denial about the growing care crisis and the devastating impact their cuts to social care are having on the ground.

"The cross party talks on social care - which Labour called for - must address both the immediate care crisis and ensure a better fairer system of funding  for the future.

"This issue should be at the top of the Government's agenda.

"Unless there is a fundamental overhaul of our care system, David Cameron will fail to deliver on his promise to tackle the crisis in dementia."

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