Lewisham council is planning to cut funding to children’s mental health services (CAMHS) by £150,000 over the next two years. This follows a £94,000 cut last year, and is on top of NHS “efficiency savings”.
These cuts follow a pattern around the country. More than one in five local authorities has either frozen or cut its CAMHS budgets every year since 2010. £85m has gone from those budgets in six years.