Chancellor George Osborne has promised to co-locate Improving Access to Psychological Therapies therapists in 350 job centres as part of his final Budget before the election.
The therapists will be put in place from summer 2015 to provide ‘employment and mental health support to claimants with common mental health conditions’, the Budget documents stated.
The Chancellor also pledged £118 million over the next four years, so that by 2018/19 there will be talking therapists ‘in every part of the country providing the best-quality treatment for children.’
But Labour leader Ed Miliband criticised the Chancellor for a ‘glaring omission’ in not describing any investment in the NHS during his speech.
Mr Miliband said there would be cuts to NHS services and that the lack of emphasis in the Budget was the ‘secret plan that dares not speak its name’.
He added: ‘There was no mention of investment in health services, which is completely extraordinary. They will end up cutting the health services. And there will be cuts to social care. If you devastate social care you betray the elderly, and the Government is promising more of the same. It’s a Budget that people won’t believe and won’t trust.’
The Government will also provide £20 million over four years to fund the establishment of four pilot ‘connected health cities’, as part of the Health North project to improve the health of people in the north of England, Mr Osborne added.