Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18 November 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much he expects local Clinical Commissioning Groups to spend on children and young people's mental health as a proportion of its annual budget.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

While clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for their own funding decisions, we would expect future funding for mental health services, including services for children and young people, to be in accordance with the Mental Health Investment Standard (MHIS). This requires CCGs to increase investment in mental health services in line with their overall increase in allocation each year. Furthermore, overall expenditure on children’s and young people’s mental health services has risen from £687 million in 2016/17 to £938 million in 2020/21.

All CCGs met the Standard in 2020/21 and we are working closely with our NHS partners to ensure all CCGs continue to be compliant.

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