Researchers have published a report suggesting that welfare spending cuts could cost lives.
As the coalition government looks to implement unprecedented cuts in Britain’s welfare state, the research published in the British Medical Journal links a £70 cut in welfare spending per person to a 2.8% rise in alcohol-related deaths and a 1.2% rise in deaths from heart disease.
The UK research team looked at data from 15 countries, including Britain, from 1980 to 1995.
Meanwhile, there has been considerable discussion over the government’s announcement that it wants public sector workers to let it know where it should make cuts in public services.
The TUC has come out against the plans, claiming that it is merely a stunt to provide political cover for huge public spending cuts, rather than a proper consultation exercise.
However, other commentators say the TUC’s line is too dogmatic and that trade unions should engage with the process.