Cuts will hit mental health care

Written By: James Douglas
Published: July 6, 2017 Last modified: July 6, 2017

Government benefit cuts for over 230,000 people with mental health conditions will top £345 million.

A new Freedom of Information response published by the Depart­ment of Work and Pensions revealed the full impact of reductions in Employment and Support Allowance introduced in April this year which average £1,500 per person.

The data contradicted Theresa May’s commitment to end the “burning injustice” of the treatment of people with mental health conditions.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams said: “These cuts to people with mental health conditions just go to show that you cannot trust a word the Tories say. “They have boasted about offering ‘parity of esteem’ to mental and physical health. In reality this just means equal austerity for all.

“Labour is committed to reversing the Conservatives’ pernicious cuts to Employment and Support Allowance, as well as the cuts to Personal Inde­pendence Payments introduced by emergency legislation in March also ­affecting people with chronic mental health conditions.”