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Barbara Keeley responds to Children Commissioner’s report on Children’s Mental Health Services

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care, commenting on the report on Children’s Mental Health Services from the Children’s Commissioner said “This is yet more confirmation that children’s mental health services are stretched to breaking point and children with mental health problems aren’t getting the support they need.

“The government has set itself up for five more years of failure on children’s mental health. Its NHS Funding Bill contains no plans to ring fence mental health budgets and no plans to increase funding for children’s mental health services.

“We need to double the funding allocated to children’s mental health services. Without the needed investment, services will continue to be a postcode lottery and thousands of children will continue to go without vital mental health support.”