Niall Dickson called for local government to be responsible for ensuring provision for dementia sufferers after fear was expressed that ministers could opt for a minimal role for councils in the social care green paper due early next year.
He told LGC: “It’s hard for local government to plan that far into the future. However, all local authorities, in partnership with other local organisations, should be profiling the nature of their population to determine what local needs are going to be in the future, perhaps five rather than 20 years ahead, and prepare for that.”
Mr Dickson spoke after the thinktank revealed demographic change was likely to result in an increase of dementia sufferers from 580,000 to 940,000 over the next 20 years.
David Rogers (Lib Dem), chairman of the Local Government Association’s wellbeing board, said there was a range of services that would need further tailoring to the needs of dementia sufferers.
“They want to be able to get out and use transport, cultural services and open spaces, especially while they’re still in the early stages,” he said.