Raise benefits to curb UK crisis in mental health, expert urges

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Sir Michael Marmot says ‘uncaring’ system must be made more generous to bridge growing gap in health inequality

The welfare system is damaging the health of the poor and needs to be overhauled in the wake of the Covid pandemic, Britain’s leading expert on health inequalities has warned.

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Sir Michael Marmot said increasing out-of-work benefits and support for low-paid workers as the country emerged from the pandemic could have a big impact in curbing a mental health crisis and even save lives.

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