Children’s mental health services ‘cut by £50m’

NHS spending on children’s mental health services in England has fallen by more than 6% in real terms since 2010, according to official figures.

The cut, equivalent to nearly £50m, was revealed by NHS England in a parliamentary answer.

Labour, which had asked for the figures, accused the government of breaking its promise to make mental health a priority.

Ministers point to an extra £7m spent this year on more psychiatric beds. In addition, they say new investment is also planned to prevent eating disorders and self-harm.

Full story BBC News 9 January 2015