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Tax online giants to help kids’ mental health, say Lib Dems

by danielbarker on 6 June, 2024

The Liberal Democrats have said they would increase taxes on social media giants and companies like Amazon and Google to fund mental health professionals for all England’s state schools, if they win the general election.

The new workforce would be paid for by tripling the amount such companies pay in what is known as the Digital Services Tax.

Recent NHS stats show nearly 340,000 children and young people are currently on waiting lists to access mental health services in England.

NHS data compiled by the House of Commons Library for the Liberal Democrats found that 336,886 under-18s were still waiting for their first appointment with a mental health professional in the three months to the end of March this year.

They found the average waiting time nationally was just over six months (187 days), but with wide regional variety. Children and young people in some areas like St Helens in Merseyside are waiting more than double that (444 days).

Education spokesperson Munira Wilson spoke to #BBCBreakfast



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