Polly Mackenzie, Author, Katie Evans, Author

Stop the charge

11th October 2016


People with mental health problems and debt are being charged up to £150 for a doctor’s note required by their creditors to prove that they have a mental health condition and should receive extra support.

A new investigation by the charity, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, has revealed that one in three people who ask for the Debt and Mental Health Evidence Form are being charged. This is resulting in people going without support or racking up more debt just to pay their GP.

The call to make this type of doctor’s note exempt from charges is backed by Mind, Rethink, StepChange and other leading mental health and advice charities, who have together written to the UK Health Secretaries to support Money and Mental Health’s campaign and to demand change.


Read the full policy note here