1. Without delay, counselling, psychotherapy and psychological services are deemed an eligible expense for tax relief in line with other health expenses. This reduces costs and gives more people the chance of benefiting from those services.
2. That the opening of the registers for counsellors and psychotherapists be completed with the urgency it deserves so that clients can have confidence in the services provided. At the moment anyone can call themselves a counsellor or psychotherapist and there is no standardisation of qualification across the different accrediting bodies.
3. That counselling and psychotherapy services become Vat exempt. While mental health services are recognised as essential services, they are also liable to a vat levy of 13.5%. Taking care of our mental health is as essential as taking care of our physical health.