William Eichler 09 December 2016

Councils defend record on mental health funding

Councils defend record on mental health funding image

Council chiefs have defended their record on mental health funding after a charity accused them of spending ‘next to nothing’ on mental health initiatives.

A freedom of information request by mental health charity Mind revealed local authorities were spending less than 1% of their public health budget on mental health services.

The Local Government Association (LGA) today argued Mind is ‘wrong’ to look at mental health funding ‘in isolation’ of other public health initiatives undertaken by councils.

‘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,’ said Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA's community wellbeing board.

‘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.’

Cllr Seccombe also pointed out that despite central Government cuts, councils have budgeted to spend £46m on public mental health in 2016/17.

‘Councils, who only took over responsibility for public health just over three years ago, cannot be expected to reverse decades of underinvestment in mental health spending by successive governments overnight,’ she continued.

‘Local authorities have a finite budget and many competing health priorities.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Assistant Team Manager

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£39.774 - £42.684
We have exciting opportunities for passionate people who want to make a real difference to adult social care to join us. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Head of Integrated Services

Carmarthenshire County Council
£86,743 ‐ £92,523
Are you the right person to lead the transformation of our Community Services? Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
Recuriter: Carmarthenshire County Council

Level 2 Social Worker

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£36.711 - £39.774
We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate person who want to make a real difference to adult social care to join us. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Social Care Assessor

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£31.548 - £34.794
This role is Career Graded from SO2 - PO1. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Reablement Support Worker

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£27.228 - £28.215
You must be able to cope with the physical and emotional demands of this high profile job and need to demonstrate... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine