BBC News: "Veterans' Charity Combat Stress Stops New Referrals Over Funding Crisis"

soleil

War Hero
"A leading mental health charity for military veterans says it will not be able to take any new cases in England and Wales, because of a funding crisis.

Combat Stress said its income has fallen from £16m to £10m in the current financial year partly due to cuts in NHS funding support.

The charity had been receiving around 2,000 referrals for treatment a year.

The NHS said new specialist services for ex-soldiers have helped more than 10,000 people to date.

But veterans' minister Johnny Mercer said he will hold an "urgent meeting" over Combat Stress' problems.

The charity said that, until 2018, it was receiving more than £3m a year from NHS England.

But it said 90% of its income is now dependent on public donations.

The charity still receives more than £1m from NHS Scotland and it will continue to take on new cases there and in Northern Ireland."

 

chimera

LE
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Link also to a stated change in direction for H4H in moving its expenditure from immediate/short term recovery/rehab for combat wounded into longer term provision, specifically including mental health.

Quote from its website:

"..We work closely with, and in some cases fund, mental health services provided by organisations such as Combat Stress.."

Reality is that all of the decent Service charities are fishing in the same pool. Even more reason to cull the tiddler "Afghan Heroes" style outfits on the fringes that are just taking the piss.
 
I thought things like this had been sorted, so the richer big boys (H4H RBL SSAFA) sent money to where it was needed, Combat Stress?
 

chimera

LE
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I thought things like this had been sorted, so the richer big boys (H4H RBL SSAFA) sent money to where it was needed, Combat Stress?
They do: see my post above. But obviously not enough.
 
Link also to a stated change in direction for H4H in moving its expenditure from immediate/short term recovery/rehab for combat wounded into longer term provision, specifically including mental health.

Quote from its website:

"..We work closely with, and in some cases fund, mental health services provided by organisations such as Combat Stress.."

Reality is that all of the decent Service charities are fishing in the same pool. Even more reason to cull the tiddler "Afghan Heroes" style outfits on the fringes that are just taking the piss.
That's already happening, many are folding.
Combat Stress became unstuck when the Government announced it was putting cash into the NHS system for mental health and Veteran issues but subtly changed the funding stream from CS to the NHS. CS is woefully over subscribed and looking at the stats from recent conflicts it's only going to get worse. Hopefully the Veterans minister will be able to cobble a semblance of order into the charities sector, as defence sympathy is falling off the radar as it always seems to do when the cordite smoke has gone!
 
They do: see my post above. But obviously not enough.
I think everyone is watching their purse strings, have a look at cash reserves needed to satisfy the charity commision guidelines. For the likes of RBL, CS and the big boys its squillions!
 

Daxx

MIA
Book Reviewer
I always get annoyed at stories like this when I scan the accounts and see the CEO and Executuve Director, between them, gotr a remuneration package of @ £665k last year.
 
I always get annoyed at stories like this when I scan the accounts and see the CEO and Executuve Director, between them, gotr a remuneration package of @ £665k last year.
It's the old argument of you need a qualified credible applicant that can run/act as the face of and manage a significant multi million pound business. And yes, it's not a job for an old retired RAPC/AGC Major!
Market rates and market forces etc
 
I think everyone is watching their purse strings, have a look at cash reserves needed to satisfy the charity commision guidelines. For the likes of RBL, CS and the big boys its squillions!
No it isn't. Each charity is required to set its own policy based on current and future liabilities, and risk. Funds set aside to specifically fund future liabilities (as an example the running of H4H Recovert Centres) are not included in Reserves.

There is no specific guidance on how much a charity holds in Reserve - this is a Trustee task. From previous research the average Reserve pot across all charities is 10 years operating expenditure - some hold as little as 3 months, some much more.

 
It's the old argument of you need a qualified credible applicant that can run/act as the face of and manage a significant multi million pound business. And yes, it's not a job for an old retired RAPC/AGC Major!
Market rates and market forces etc
Disagree. It’s 6% of current revenue, 4% of revenue before the lost taxpayers funding. For a role in which the incumbents carry no personal risk. It’s an obscene percentage of revenue but often the norm in the sector.
 

DTBA

War Hero
Disagree. It’s 6% of current revenue, 4% of revenue before the lost taxpayers funding. For a role in which the incumbents carry no personal risk. It’s an obscene percentage of revenue but often the norm in the sector.
Exactly. If it was about ability then Sony and McDonalds and Rolls Royce would be headhunting people that used to run charities
 
I’ll just stick my oar in if I may. LRjr has just left MIND , non renewal of contract, but his correspondence with them is some what interesting. He worked at a surgery dealing with referals. Point that comes shining through is there is now battle for ownership for the funding of MH issues between the charities and the NHS and there is a massive communications problem between the two. Thus the direction in which it is going is yet to be determined. But he certainly has issues between the intent of the charity and the management competency.
 
I always get annoyed at stories like this when I scan the accounts and see the CEO and Executuve Director, between them, gotr a remuneration package of @ £665k last year.
How much should they be paid, and why?
 

Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
I thought things like this had been sorted, so the richer big boys (H4H RBL SSAFA) sent money to where it was needed, Combat Stress?

Help for Heroes donated £4M to Combat Stress shortly after the swimming pool at DMRC Headley Court was completed.

In one chunk this matched what HMG gave Combat Stress in a year.

A new wing was built at Combat Stress HQ Tyrwhitt House with the money provided by H4H.

SOURCE

H4H Co-Founders, Bryn and Emma Parry, opened the new facilities in February 2011. Bryn said, 'This is a difficult subject for many to discuss. H4H are proud to donate this money to ensure that the centre can get on with their plans immediately and start caring for more of our mentally wounded now rather than wait. 'It is vital that we have the facilities to give our boys and girls the best treatment, for their mental wounds as well as their physical."

'With the increase of tours and the level of mental stress experienced it is vital that we have the facilities to give our boys and girls the best treatment, for their mental wounds as well as their physical."

Toby Elliott for Combat Stress added, 'I wholeheartedly thank Help for Heroes for this absolutely magnificent donation. It will enable us to rapidly upgrade Tyrwhitt House to deliver 21st century clinical services to those suffering from the wounds inflicted by 21st century warfare, who deserve the very best.'


In addition to the grant for Tyrwhitt House, Help for Heroes provided a grant for £3.2 million to ‘The Enemy Within Appeal’, launched by Combat Stress.


I'm sure that both the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF)( media@soldierscharity.org ) and the Royal British Legion have also done much to support Combat Stress in the past few years.

Question is: how far should HMG be doing more to help?

Exactly. If it was about ability then Sony and McDonalds and Rolls Royce would be headhunting people that used to run charities
Nope, sorry - it's a false analogy.

Succesful CEOs in the global marketplace tend to succeed with notably psychopathic characteristics.
Empathy is generally not high on the list of 'must-have' qualities.
 
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Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
Thanks.

I've been involved with Combat Stress as a fundraiser since 2003.

Ran the Marine Corps Marathon for them in 2004 with a bunch of guys from my old unit.

Contemplating another. An Arrse contingent used to do the London 10K for them every year.

Some folk get a bit confused about them on account of the name-change.

They were previously better known to older generations as

' The Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society' - and have been quietly getting on with it since 1919....

 

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