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Welfare cuts will lead to poorer health

25 Jun 2010, by in Public services, Society & Welfare

Writing in the BMJ, David Stuckler and colleagues show that cutting welfare expenditure (which includes spending on areas including education, housing and childcare as well as welfare benefits) leads to poorer health. The key chart is here – it shows a clear association between social welfare spending and all cause mortality after adjustment for any country specific factors.

The evidence is stark – cuts of the scale announced in this week’s Budget will mean that the health of the poorest will suffer.

4 Responses to Welfare cuts will lead to poorer health

  1. Robbie
    Jun 25th 2010, 3:23 pm

    Just wanted to add that, although it seems to cause surprise whenever it gets reported, there’s a long history of linking welfare spending and health. It goes back at least to the Black Report on Inequalities in Health which was almost suppressed by the Thatcher government in 1980, and the 1998 Acheson Report, also titled Inequalities in Health.

    On the BMJ article, I got the gist of it but feel bamboozled by what they call ‘all cause mortality’ – after all, mortality (death) is always 100% isn’t it?

  2. Nicola Smith

    Nicola Smith
    Jun 25th 2010, 5:12 pm

    Thanks Robbie. I think it means death from all causes. For anyone who wants a summary of the rather academic article, the link to the Press Association release on it is here:

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  4. Robert
    Jun 27th 2010, 11:47 am

    Funny I hear nothing about labour cuts for welfare, the 75p rise under Blair, or the removal of council tax and rents from the list of rises cost.

    I’m disabled Labour benefit rise were in fact cuts, not once did my benefits rise cover my council tax rise. Forget the rent gas electric water.

    Have you notice since New labour we have had no protests as such no moans about dead soldiers.

    Reason people have realized the differences between party well the difference is zero