Alzheimer's Society review could lead to redundancies

National Dementia Strategy prompts staff consultation

The Alzheimer's Society might shed jobs as part of a review into its future direction.

Ruth Sutherland, chief operating officer, said the charity needed to consider how it should change to meet the needs of the National Dementia Strategy, which was published by the Department of Health in February.

"We are embarking on a review of resources and how they are deployed in the organisation," said Sutherland.

"Now we've got this strategy for England and similar developments coming for Wales and Northern Ireland and we have to work out how we grow and expand."

She said the charity, which has 1,600 staff and 5,500 volunteers, was not suffering from a decline in income and that in fact it was experiencing an "unprecedented time of growth", with fundraising targets exceeded by 30 per cent last year.

She did not rule out redundancies as part of the restructure, although she said it could also lead to the creation of new posts.

A three-month consultation with staff began last week.

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