Monday, 22 Apr 2024

Budget 2018: Mental health ambulances promised in drive for more dedicated treatment

Special ambulances to treat people with conditions like depression, anxiety and PTSD are part of the new measures to ensure mental illnesses are treated as seriously as physical ones.

The vehicles look like normal cars and are designed to reduce stigma.

Specialist mental health support will also be available 24/7 in every A&E department in the country, Mr Hammond will promise.

And schools will get dedicated crisis teams supporting pupils with mild to moderate mental health illnesses.

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Some 55,000 adults with severe mental illnesses will be helped by the NHS to find jobs through a work placement scheme.

The money is due to be announced by Mr Hammond in his biggest speech of the year, announcing tax and spending changes for the next 12 months.

A further £60m has been earmarked for tree planting in England to “preserve the country’s greenery”.

Around £10m of that will go to growing new street and urban trees, with councils told to match the figure.

A further £50m will be used to buy carbon credits from landowners. These are permits that allow them to produce a certain amount of carbon emissions.

It is hoped they will produced 10 million new trees over the next 30 years.

But Labour warned that “relentless” cuts to local government have “decimated” parks and green spaces.

Shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman said the “one-off pots of funding” did “nothing to reverse or stop the serious decline of parks and open spaces on this government’s watch”.

Other measures expected to be announced on Monday include cutting business rates for small shops, overhauling marriage laws and fixing pot holes and other road damage.

The chancellor conceded to Sky News that the pledge to end austerity could be threatened by a “no-deal” Brexit.

He told Sophy Ridge on Sunday an emergency budget would have to be drawn up that took a “different approach to the future of Britain’s economy”.

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