30 October 2018

Daniel Flynn, CEO, talks Budget 2018

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget to Parliament on Monday 29 October 2018.

In response to the budget, YMCA North Staffordshire CEO, Daniel Flynn, has issued a media statement to offer initial reaction in regard to young people. There were a number of announcements of relevance to young people, and the Chancellor outlined the trajectory of overall public spending for 2019.

Who is the Chancellor, Philip Hammond?

Arguably, the second most powerful person in government, behind the Prime Minister. He was appointed as chancellor – known in many countries as the finance minister – in July 2016.

What is the Budget?

The Budget of the United Kingdom is a document which sets out what the government intends to spend money on in the following year. News coverage of the budget usually describes increases or decreases in spending on certain items.

Mental Health!

Undoubtedly one of the biggest issues affecting British young people, the Government have promised an extra £2 billion a year (as a minimum)  for mental health services across the country. In addition, there will be mental health crisis centres in every A&E department – an admirable step towards greater help for those struggling with their mental health, particularly in the wake of shock accidents. YMCA and NHS run a joint mental health awareness campaign called #IAMWHOLE – you can read more about this HERE