Welfare claimants are less healthy than workers

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:646

Of the 10 million Britons depending on income support from the state, those in the poorest health are likely to experience the longest periods receiving benefit. A new survey for the Department of Social Security shows that nearly half (45%) of the 1020 respondents receiving income support reported a long term health problem or disability, compared with 36% of the British population as a whole.

Income support—which evolved from the old national assistance—is Britain's main …

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