A study has linked a spike in mental-health problems among the unemployed with the rollout of universal credit and other government welfare changes.
The number of unemployed people with psychological distress rose 6.6% between 2013 and 2018, it suggests.
And this represents an extra 63,674 people in England, Wales and Scotland – 21,760 of whom became clinically depressed over the period.
The government highlighted the study found no causal link.
Prof Dame Margaret Whitehead, of the University of Liverpool, who co-authored the Lancet Public Health Journal study, said it had found “observational associations” rather than “cause and effect”.
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