#NHS Mental Health Crisis: Tories break pledge to increase spending on mental health services

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Tories break pledge to increase spending on mental health services

More than a third of Clinical Commissioning Groups will slash the proportion of their budget in 2015/16 despite government promise

Helga Whitley

Crisis: Helga Whiteley                                                           photograph by Damien McFadden

The Tories have broken a promise to spend more on better mental health care provision.

Figures obtained by Labour show more than a third of Clinical Commissioning Groups will slash the proportion of their budget spent on mental health in 2015/16.

The Government had said it was its clear “expectation” that CCGs should increase spending on mental health.

Minister for Care and Support Alistair Burt told Parliament in July: “That is as transparent as it has ever been. We will ensure that standard is maintained.”

But 50 out of 130 CCGs who responded to a Freedom of Information request by Shadow Public Health Minister Luciana Berger admitted they plan to reduce the slice of the budget.

The new figures show in 2015/16 CCGs plan to allocate 10 per cent of budgets to mental health, compared to 11 per cent in 2014/15. This is despite research which shows that mental health accounts for 23 per cent of the total burden of disease.

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