Sir Edward Garnier, MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, has attended an event in the House of Commons where he said that independent advice can help people to overcome problems they face.
The event, hosted by national charity Citizens Advice, brought together MPs from all parties and health professionals, to highlight the positive impact of advice on people’s health. Research from the charity shows that over 80 per cent of clients say that CAB advice made them less stressed, depressed or anxious.
As well as improving health, advice can also save money. The average cost to the NHS of treating anxiety or depression is £880, whereas the cost of advice per client is £123. This means that each time an advice intervention mitigates the need for GP mental health treatment, there’s a potential saving of over £750.
Edward Garnier said: “I am pleased to support the important work of Leicestershire’s CABs. Independent, effective advice is not only vital in solving people’s problems, but can also improve people’s health.
I encourage local health professionals to work with Citizens Advice Bureau to improve the health of our community.”