The Liberal Democrats have today announced that £1 billion of the party's additional health funding would be spent tackling the "historic injustice" faced by people with mental ill health.
Last weekend, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron and Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb 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 £1 billion of this extra money would be ring-fenced as dedicated funding for mental health services.
This would help to deliver on 12 key priorities, 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.
Alain Desmier, parliamentary candidate for Islington South and Finsbury said: "We need more investment into mental health services in Islington and the Liberal Democrat plan will ensure proper investment into local NHS services to ensure we treat mental illness properly.”
Only two days ago, the BMA revealed that: “Seven out of 10 children and adolescents with severe mental health problems were admitted to hospitals outside of their areas last year.” The lack of access to nearby beds for these patients is ‘alarming’.
Lib Dems candidate for Islington North, Keith Angus commented: “The lack of decent provision of mental health services - for all people but in particular young people - is shameful. Investment in mental health services should be on an equal footing with physical health.”
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.
Commenting on the plan, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said: “The Liberal Democrats are committed to ending the historic injustice against people with mental ill health.
"Under the Conservative government, services have been stretched to breaking point at a time when the prevalence of mental ill health appears to be rising.
“Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have outlined how they will fund mental health services. We’ve made it clear that our priorities will be funded from our ambitious plan to inject £6bn a year into the NHS with an additional penny on income tax.
"We will invest in improving waiting time standards for mental health care in the NHS, end the scandalous use of force against people with mental ill health and prioritise national action to dramatically reduce the number of people who take their own lives.
“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservatives, and the only party fighting for genuine equality for those who suffer from mental ill health.”
“Young patients placed further from home”- BMA, 9 May 2017
While the world rushes to congratulate Macron on his spectacular rise and his triumph over the Front National, here in the UK Tim Farron’s congratulations must be the most heart-felt. Macron’s unashamedly liberal, pro-European and centrist views reflect those of the Liberal Democrats.
His motto, "Rassemblement!" is mirrored in the Liberal Democrat's, "Open, Tolerant and United". The two liberal movements are agreed on a broad range of issues from a strong NATO, the need for effective policies, English/French language lessons for immigrants, secularism and house insulation.
The Liberal Democrats are, on this side of the channel, the natural and obvious allies to the En Marche! movement of Macron. In France, the Mouvement Democrate and its leader Francois Bayrou endorsed Macron and his nascent movement early on, providing infrastructure support for the upcoming legislative elections. Bayrou is the co-president of the European Democratic Party which, alongside the Liberal Democrats and others, forms part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe parliamentary group.
In Britain the Labour party and the Tories chose to win back voters, fed up with their tired, confrontational party politics, by lurching to the left and right of the spectrum. Macron’s success shows us that it is possible for liberals to win by confidently sticking to the centre ground. The Liberal Democrats may be leading the fight back in the UK, but we are not alone.
The Liberal Democrat manifesto is slowly being revealed. Signalling its priorities, the Lib Dems choose to announce their policy for the NHS & Social Care system first. This is both a central policy and the party ‘flagship spending commitment’.
Central to their plan for the NHS, the Lib Dems will introduce a 1% raise in income tax to generate £6bn a year. This money will be ring-fence for the NHS and Social Care and will come in addition to the Conservative funding increase of £8bn for the health service and £2bn for social care, promised by 2020.
Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Health however, explained: “Simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that’s why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services long-term."
"We also need to do much more to keep people fit and healthy and out of hospital, and that is why this new funding will be targeted to those areas that have the greatest impact on patient care such as social care, general practice, mental health and public health."
Tim Farron, said: "Theresa May doesn't care about the NHS or social care. People are lying on trolleys in hospital corridors and she has done nothing. The truth is you can't have a strong NHS with a Hard Brexit."
"The Liberal Democrats will rescue the NHS and social care. We are prepared to be honest with people and say that we will all need to chip in a little more."
"It is not too late to change Britain's future.”
The Liberal Democrat five-step plan for the NHS & Social Care is:
1 - Introduce a 1% raise in income tax, generating £6bn a year
2 - Ring-fence ALL of this for the NHS and care, investing efficiently and effectively in social care, primary care, mental health and public health
3 - Consolidate all health and care taxes into a single, dedicated Health and Care Tax, showing on people’s payslips exactly what we spend it on
4 - Establish a cross-party health and care convention, consulting and working with patients, the public, NHS staff and care workers, to ensure our systems are sustainable and integrated
5 - Introduce an independent agency to monitor health and care budgets, which would report every three years on how much money the system needs to flourish
If like us, you think this is a good plan, back it up: sign up to it. - http://www.libdems.org.uk/nhs-plan-signup
“95 per cent of the revenue coming from the better off half of households and half from the top 10 per cent of households.” – Torsten Bell
"First, this policy would raise substantial funds – in line with the Lib Dems costing of £6 billion a year by 2019-20. […]
"Second, this is a brave tax rise in the sense that it is broad based, putting up taxes for 30 million people. […] However, it should be noted that 21 per cent would still be a lower basic rate than in 2007-08 (when it was 22 per cent) or earlier.
"Third, although a lot of people would be affected by this tax rise, like most increases in income tax it would be highly progressive. The rich would pay much, much more with 95 per cent of the revenue coming from the better off half of households and half from the top 10 per cent of households. A typical earner in 2019-20 on £25,000 would pay £129 more tax, while someone on £100k would pay £879 more.”
Do I have to register?
Whether you have never been on the electoral roll or you have recently moved, since December 2015, it is your responsibility to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote at the General Election 2017 is 22 May.
The Individual Electoral Registration was introduced in 2015 to improve the electoral roll accuracy and prevent fraud. It shifts the responsibility to register from householders to individual voters. In December 2015, around 8 million people were not correctly registered at their current address.
On the day Theresa May announced a snap general election, 58,000 under 25 registered to vote, only 2,465 had done the previous day. Have you register to vote?
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Your National Insurance number and your passport will help, but registering is still very straightforward without them. Find out just how easy by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Why register to vote?
You will not be able to vote on 8 June 2017, if you had not registered to do so before 22 May 2017. In 2015, 800,000 young people aged 18 to 21 were not be able to vote because they were not on the electoral roll.
You might be one of the 750,000 British teenagers who were too young to vote at the European referendum, but old enough to vote at the General Election. You might have chosen not to vote in the past but are unhappy with the state of British politics. You might have strong feeling about our future or nagging doubts.
Wherever you stand politically, on 8 June 2017, you are given the opportunity to have you say about our future. We are given the chance to shape our Parliament. Under our constitution, Parliament is sovereign. Parliament is the supreme legal authority which can create or end any law. We elect Members of Parliament to represent us in this process of making laws. These laws have the power to change society. Our vote on 8 June will affect these choices, voting makes us ‘change makers’. By voting we shape of our future.
Be a change maker, make sure your voice is heard, register to vote before 22 May 2017.
Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10:00 PM through May 28, 2017Highbury and surrounding areas in London, United Kingdom
On Saturday 27th May, from three venues, we'll attempt to deliver numerous wards across Islington in a day as we increase the work rate and intensity in our campaign for the final two weeks.
If you can spare Keith and I any time at all this weekend, please come to one of three hubs:
77 Highbury Hill, Highbury, Islington, N5 1SX
281 Liverpool Road, N1 1LX (Islington South HQ)
33 Lloyd Baker Street, WC1X 9AB (Clerkenwell ward)Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10:00 PM through May 30, 2017Highbury and surrounding areas in London, United Kingdom
On bank holiday Monday 29th May, from three venues, we'll attempt to deliver numerous wards across Islington in a day as we increase the work rate and intensity in our campaign for the final two weeks.
If you can spare Keith and I any time at all this weekend, please come to one of three hubs:
10am - 4pm:
70 St Peters St, N1 8JS (Islington South HQ - Lunch provided at 1pm)
77 Highbury Hill, N5 1SX (Islington North HQ - Lunch provided at 1pm)
281 Liverpool Road, N1 1LX (Barnsbury Ward)
96% of homes in Islington could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. Across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s Dementia Tax.
The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto plans today for a brighter future, with pledges to reverse Conservative cuts and increase funding for the NHS, schools and police.