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Welfare cuts will strain health of population

25th June 2010

Writing in the British Medical Journal, a research team from Oxford University has suggested that cutting welfare budgets could cost lives.

Analysis of European data showed that a £70 reduction in welfare spending per person is associated with a 2.8% rise in alcohol-related deaths and 1.2% rise in deaths from heart disease. The UK research team said ordinary people may be paying the ultimate price for budget cuts. The findings come with the announcement of government budget cuts including reductions in tax credits for families, housing benefit and maternity grants.

 

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