The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spring Statement comes at a time when the cost of living is rising at its highest rate for many years. The resulting crisis is likely to move many people into poverty, which can and does significantly impact on people’s mental health.
Our members, VCSE mental health and wellbeing service providers, already face major challenges around workforce, and will see their National Insurance contributions rise, further exacerbating the workforce issues they face. The increase in Employment Allowance from £4000 to £5000 will go some way towards alleviating this increased cost, but at a time when retention and recruitment of staff is a constant concern, it may not be enough.
VCSE Mental Health service providers work tirelessly each day offering essential services to meet the needs of the people they support, and their families and carers. We will continue to work with those who develop policy, to highlight the importance of further funding and support for those organisations working in the VCSE mental health sector, so that they can properly care for and support those who need their help.
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About Association of Mental Health Providers
Association of Mental Health Providers is the only national representative organisation for voluntary and community sector providers of mental health and wellbeing services across the country. With over 300 members, The Association works with local, regional, and national service providers to support the development of the sector, amplify its voice, and ensure the sector informs and influences all mental health policy and practice.