The Government has made its response to the joint report of the Education and Health and Social Care Committees, published earlier this year, The Government’s Green Paper on mental health: failing a generation.
The response welcomes the Committees' inquiry, which it says provided helpful insights during the period of consultation on the Green Paper. It acknowledges many of the concerns which the Committees heard during the course of the inquiry, including the need for the Green Paper proposals to integrate into the existing world of provision and services around children and young people; the need to join up with existing work across government; and the importance of the proposals having a positive impact on vulnerable groups.
However, it rejects the Committees' judgement that the plans lack ambition in terms of scale and pace, contending that the Green Paper proposals are "genuinely transformational" and will take time to roll-out in a meaningful and useful way.
The Committees will consider in due course how best to follow up their report.