Cruel cuts to mental health spending

Gloucestershire Conservatives have announced their spending plans for 2017.

And in a controversial move they announced that they will be cutting the public mental health budget by a massive 30%.

The amount being spent on ‘Public Mental Health’ - which includes work to prevent mental illness – is to drop by £130,000.

Liberal Democrat Councillor. Iain Dobie said: “At the County Council meeting, I highlighted the fact that the Tories had decided to cut spending on adults with Learning Disabilities for the past two years and were planning to continue to cut funding for this next year, should they retain power these cuts will have serious consequences for vulnerable adults.

“This week the spotlight is on the cut of almost one third which Conservative County Councillors are planning for preventative mental health spending.  This is at a time when vulnerable children and young people in our county's schools and colleges are suffering unprecedented levels of psychological stress, as shown by increasing levels of self-harm.

“I believe that these cuts are likely to result in vulnerable people ultimately being driven towards more expensive NHS treatment.  So these cuts are "penny wise and pound foolish" - as well as cruel.”

Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Councillor Paul Hodgkinson added “The cuts we are seeing in the public health budget this year are vicious and deeply concerning. They will have a significant impact on the essential prevention and health protection services provided to residents across Gloucestershire.

“Investing in public health is vital in keeping pressure off the NHS and Adult Social Care.”

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