This will include a minimum of £2bn per yer for mental health services, £700m for councils and care for the elderly and those with disabilities, £10m for air ambulances and a 24-hou mental health crisis hotline. It's also vital that the forthcoming Green Paper and the Spending Review provide a long term, sustainable, resolution for social care funding, rather than forcing local authorities to rely on an endless series of short term stop-gap solutions.
"We made out choice for this budget four months before it was delivered", the chancellor said.
Funding for mental health services will grow as a share of the overall NHS budget and the government will focus on preventative public health services, Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged in his Budget 2018 speech.
"And social care remains the Achilles heel - it has been consistently underfunded, neglected and unloved by politicians over many years and the extra funding announced today - again, welcome - is clearly inadequate". What we needed was support to get the system back on its feet but what we have is yet another sticking plaster.More news: Stranger Things cast get together for Halloween
By 2022 we will have around £35 to 40 million less per year.
It has been timed to coincide with the Welsh Government's new "whole school" approach to the mental health of children and young people and it will provide an opportunity to assess what more might be done to develop young people's resilience and provide mental health support across school life.
Growing numbers of patients with mental health problems and dementia - which causes outbursts of aggression - are also thought to be behind the increase.
Conservative parliamentary candidate for Peterborough Paul Bristow, speaking about the mental health funding, tweeted: "Proud to be a @Conservatives candidate when we announce something so important #mentalhealth". And we need to take action against discrimination and social inequality to create a fairer society that will nurture better mental health for all.More news: Taking Antibiotics Makes Children More Susceptible To Gaining Weight, Study Says
The chancellor confirmed that the NHS would receive £20bn from the government by 2023 to relieve pressures on the health service and instigate improvements, but elsewhere mental health was the biggest victor in Philip Hammond's 2018 Budget.
"There are many pressing demands on NHS funding, but few more pressing than the needs of those who suffer from mental illness", Hammond said. "Impressively, the Chancellor failed to answer a single one of those questions".
The cash injection comes on top of the £240m winter funding for social care announced earlier this month (see Government reveals LA allocations for £240m social investment).
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