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People with mental illness are most at risk of losing benefits, study shows

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 22 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l345
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

People who are mentally ill are more than twice as likely to lose their existing benefits than claimants with a physical condition, a study has shown.1

Researchers from the University of York analysed government data of around 320 000 claimants aged 16 to 64 with either a physical or mental health condition who had been reassessed from an existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) entitlement for transfer to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) between April 2013 and October 2016.

The results, to be published in the British Journal of Psychiatry next month, show that claimants with …

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