Birmingham mental health funding lowest in the West Midlands

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Mental health support for adults and older people in Birmingham has reduced by 90% in the last financial year 2017-18.

According to the figures gathered by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism early this year, Birmingham City Council budgeted £1.8 million, lower than the previous £19.4 million spent during 2016-2017.

Within the West Midlands, Birmingham made the highest drop in public spending in mental health, while Staffordshire rose 24% in the last year.

The city also registered the most significant reduction in support for mental health problems since 2014, although half of the councils analysed in the West Midlands had cut the spending in this area over the last four years.

From January to December 2017 Birmingham City Council spent almost £1.5 million in four organisations who provide with care assistance in the area. 7 out of 10 pounds were allocated to the home care agency The Birmingham Association for Mental Health, according to the figures published by the Council.

The City Council has been contacted, but they have not provided with an official answer.

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