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LGA responds to Mind press release about mental health funding

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, LGA Community Wellbeing spokesperson responded to Mind press release about mental health funding.

"It is wrong to look at mental health funding in isolation without considering the range of other services councils provide that directly impact on people with mental health issues. Local authorities do a huge amount of positive grassroots work including tackling obesity, and helping people to get active, stop smoking and cut down on drinking. As physical and mental health are inextricably linked, this has a major impact.

"Just last week the Government confirmed a £200 million reduction in the public health grant for 2015 / 16. Councils, who only took over responsibility for public health just over two years ago, cannot be expected to reverse decades of underinvestment in mental health spending by successive governments overnight. Local authorities have a finite budget and many competing health priorities.

"What is needed is a holistic approach to mental health, which involves providing a range of different services."

View Mind’s press release:

http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/mind-reveals-negligible-spend-on-public-mental-health.aspx#.VkHYkdLhDMw

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