Mental health in London – assistance to get back to work.
The government has announced a further £12 million is to be invested in helping people with mental health conditions return to work.
Nearly half (46%) of people claiming Employment and Support Allowance have mental health conditions while mental ill-health is estimated to cost taxpayers and businesses £105 billion a year in health and police services, welfare benefits and sickness absence.
The 4 pilot areas are Blackpool, Greater Manchester, North East Combined Authority and West London Alliance. All 4 pilots were previously announced as part of the Growth Deals agreements in July and will measure the impact of integrated services for 5,000 people.
The funding is welcomed but is far short of what is required to help treat the biggest health issue London and the UK currently faces – with more cases of mental health illness recorded than cancer and cardiovascular disease.
To see full details of teh funding announced for London and the rest of teh country visit the GOV UK website.