The Labour Group is continuing to set the agenda at the Guildhall after the latest U-turn from the Tories.
At the council budget meeting in February, the Labour Group argued that Northampton should become a ‘Dementia Friendly Town’.
Labour wanted the Northampton Borough Council to sign up to the Dementia Friendly Communities Programme. This programme focuses on improving inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society has a five year strategy to work with people affected by dementia to define and develop dementia friendly communities.
However, the ruling Conservative Administration voted AGAINST such the initiative. This vote against Labour’s suggestion can be seen in the Borough Council minutes.
Due to continued Labour pressure the Conservatives now say Northampton will finally become a Dementia Friendly Town.
Cllr Danielle Stone, Labour Group Leader, said:
“Once again it has been proven that it is the Labour Group who are coming up with the new initiatives and policy ideas. Back in February we argued passionately that Northampton become a Dementia Friendly Community as promoted by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Dementia is a disease that is becoming an ever increasing problem in our town and country. We want Northampton to become part the Dementia Friendly Communities programme, focusing on improving inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia. With an ageing population, dementia is a ticking time bomb for us.
The Prime Minister said he wants to see more communities become dementia friendly. So we proposed in February to improve inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia by having Northampton recognised as a Dementia friendly Town.
Nevertheless, we are pleased that the Tories have finally seen sense and will make Northampton a dementia friendly community.”