The Liberal Democrats have today announced they will add another £1 billion for mental health care through putting a penny on income tax.
This could equate to approximately £6.5 million of the party's additional health funding being spent in Lambeth tackling the "historic injustice" faced by people with mental ill health.
Last weekend, Liberal Democrat candidate for Vauxhall George Turner joined party leader Tim Farron and Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb (pictured below with George) as the party unveiled a Five Point NHS and Care Recovery Plan to increase funding for health and social care services, including a penny on income tax to provide a £6 billion funding boost.
Today the Liberal Democrats announced that approximately £6.5 million of this extra money would be ring-fenced as dedicated funding for mental health services in Lambeth.
This would help to deliver on 12 key priorities set out by the Liberal Democrats for mental health in the next parliament, including improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS and providing support for pregnant women and young people suffering from mental health problems.
The Liberal Democrats will also set out to end the inappropriate use of force against people with mental ill health, end out of area placements for mental health patients and prioritise national action to reduce the number of suicides.
Welcoming a policy that can make a real difference to mental health treatment in Vauxhall, George said: "Mental health has for far too long been neglected and not treated with the seriousness the issue deserves. I am proud that the Liberal Democrats are the party that is putting this issue to the top of the agenda."