Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Woking, Opposition Leader on Woking Borough Council and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Lib Dems announce £6 million of funding for mental health in Woking

by willforster on 15 May, 2017

The Lib Dems will add another £1 billion for mental ill health care through putting a penny on income tax. This could equate to approximately £6 million of the party’s additional health funding would be spent in Woking and the surrounding area tackling the “historic injustice” faced by people with mental ill health.

Last weekend, Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron and Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb unveiled a Five Point NHS and Care Recovery Plan to increase funding for health and social care services, including a penny on income tax to provide a £6 billion funding boost.  Since then – the Lib Dems have announced that they will spend approximately £6 million of this extra money would be ring-fenced as dedicated funding for mental health services in Woking and North West Surrey.

This would help to deliver on 12 key priorities, including improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS and providing support for pregnant women and young people suffering from mental health problems.  The Lib Dems will also set out to end the inappropriate use of force against people with mental ill health, end out of area placements for mental health patients and prioritise national action to reduce the number of suicides.

The Lib Dems pledge to spend £6 million in Woking is important as it demonstrates our commitment to ending the historic injustice against people with mental ill health.  Health, particularly mental health is a key issue on the doorstep.  People want action, not just words and the Lib Dems – neither Labour nor the Conservatives – have outlined how they will fund mental health services.

We will invest in improving waiting time standards for mental health care in Woking, end the scandalous use of force against people with mental ill health and prioritise national action to dramatically reduce the number of people who take their own lives.  The Lib Dems are the real opposition to the Tories, and the only party fighting for genuine equality for those who suffer from mental ill health.

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