New data shows that mandated increases in investment in mental health services have not materialised in many areas of the country.

In this blog from the Kings Fund Helen Gilburt considers what this means, now and for the future.

"Funding is never far from the headlines in mental health. The government’s commitment to parity of esteem between physical and mental health care has led to a whirlwind of activity over the past couple of years, but as the focus on mental health grows there is widespread recognition that without greater parity of funding, improvements in access and treatment are unlikely to be realised.

Mental health trusts provide about 80 per cent of all mental health care. Our 2015 briefing outlined the financial pressures that those trusts are experiencing. For the first time in a decade funding for mental health (adult and older people’s services) fell in 2011/12. Data from 2013/14 and 2014/15 shows that around 40 per cent of mental health trusts continued to experience year-on-year cuts to their budgets...."

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