Spending on mental health services per person

This chart shows how much is spent on mental health services per person (per capita) within a CCG or STP area. It shows the amount planned to be spent at the beginning of the financial year and the amount actually spent at the end of the financial year. The figures can be examined from a national perspective, or at CCG and STP level. You can also compare data with up to five other areas.


Exploring the charts: To explore CCGs or STPs, click on the tab then click in the box to compare data sets. 

Policy context

As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the Government has committed to ensuring mental health services to continue to receive a growing share of the NHS budget, increasing by at least £2.3 billion a year in real terms by 2023/24.

The Mental Health Investment Standard (MHIS), set by NHS England, requires all CCGs in England to increase their planned spending on mental health services by a greater proportion than their overall increase in budget allocation each year. 

While there are no specific national or regional targets for spending on mental health services per person, given the commitment for national spending to be increased by at least £2.3 billion annually, it is anticipated that spending will rise.

Notes: We have standardised the figures to take account of different population sizes between CCG and STP areas using the most recent ONS population data. These data also include spending on Learning Disability and Dementia services. Additional allocations should be made to CCGs during the 2018/19 financial year that will be reflected in final spending figures for that year.

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