Last Thursday at Hyndburn Borough Council budget setting meeting, Labour councillors refused to support a budget amendment by Hyndburn Conservatives, that would have seen £100,000 provided to local charities to provide additional mental health services.
During lockdown mental health issues in the borough have sored, isolation and job security as resulted in many more residents suffering with depression and anxiety.
We have seen to often the stories in the local papers of people attempting or even being successful with taking their own lives. Hyndburn Conservatives put this money into the budget as the funds are their to increase mental health provision in our borough and we believe it was the right thing to do.
The councils as a statutory duty to provide health and wellbeing services across the borough and this would have allowed us to meet that statutory duty and improve the wellbeing of Hyndburn residents.
Instead Labour used this amendment to attack the NHS and the government, saying it was the NHS's responsibility to look after Mental health services. We strongly disagree, NHS services are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hyndburn already as Councilling services provided by Charities such as Maundy Relief and the woman's center. proving that it is not just the NHS who are responsible. Hyndburn Council as a responsibility and yet it as chosen to abandon those that need support at their most vulnerable.