To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding allocated to the (a) mental health and (b) social care budgets in each of the last three years.
22 June 2021
We have made no such assessment. However, funding for National Health Service mental health services has increased every year since 2018-19 in line with the commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan to invest at least £2.3 billion of extra funding a year in mental health services by 2023-24.
Public spending on adult social care services has increased in real terms in every year since 2015-16, reaching £18.8 billion in 2019-20. We are providing councils with access to over £1 billion of additional funding for social care in 2021-22. This includes £300 million of new grant funding for social care, on top of the £1 billion social care grant announced in 2019.