Mental Health Services: Expenditure

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what percentage of Public Health England's budget was spent on mental health in each year since 2013.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Public Health England (PHE) spends significant sums on health improvement all of which will have an impact on public mental health. It is therefore not possible to distinguish mental from physical health spend in all cases.

In addition, PHE pays to local authorities a ring fenced grant (£3.3 billion in 2016/17) for the purpose of carrying out their public health responsibilities. These will also include significant health improvement work, and a proportion of this money will be spent specifically on public mental health. This spend will be reported for the first time for the 2016/17 financial year. Local authorities reported that they planned to spend £47 million on public mental health in 2016/17 (1.4% of the grant). Local authority planned spend data for 2017/18 is reported here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing#2016-to-2017

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