Government To Slash Mental Health Funding Again, Figures Show

A “dangerous situation” is developing, says Labour MP

Mental health funding will be cut in many areas of Britain in the next year, and the postcode lottery will worsen, new figures show.

At least 73 local areas will see their GP mental health budgets slashed in 2016/2017, according to government data obtained by Labour MP Luciana Berger.

The gap between the smallest and largest spends will also widen: Haringey’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will put 16 percent of its budget on mental health, for West Hampshire that figure will be 5 percent.

This will be the third year the government has failed to meet its target of increased mental health spending. Berger, who heads Labour’s mental health campaign, called the development “dangerous”.

“The government must urgently step in and prevent a dangerous situation developing”, she said.

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