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Cllr Izzi Seccombe, LGA Community Wellbeing spokesperson has responded to the Mind press release about mental health funding:
Mental health charity Mind has found that local authorities in England spend an average of 1% of their public health budget on mental health. ….. While local authorities spend £ms on physical health programmes, Mind’s findings show that most areas of the country spend close to nothing on preventing mental health problems. …….Currently, any spending on public mental health is reported under ‘miscellaneous’, grouped together with 14 other areas. Mind argues that this undermines the Government’s commitment to giving mental health equality with physical health.
This comes despite the fact that it is conservatively estimated that mental health problems cost health & social care services £21bn annually, with a further £30bn lost in economic output.