Lord Freud: Tell UK electors about increasing deaths(ONS) & 7300 malnourished admitted to hospital(NHS) in 2015  

24 April 2017


To Lord Freud

The House Lords. 


During the passage of the Welfare Reform Acts 2012 and 2016 ​you were persistently invited to undertake an assessment of the impact of the Acts' provisions on health; you equally persistently refused. 

​We have just finished publishing two sets of blogs by distinguished authors; one set of ten is on affordable housing(index) and the other of nine on health equality (index)
​They confirm our worst fears. I have extracted four points from them and added​ the Resolution Foundation Forecast  

I believe the electorate should be told  about the increasing number of deaths, recorded by the ONS, and the increasing number of people admitted to hospital suffering malnutrition, recorded by the NHS, since 2010. They follow the reduction of the already inadequate benefit incomes of the poorest UK citizens. The outlook for their health is even worse. . 

I would be very grateful if you will consider passing ​this information ​on to ​Theresa May and ​her​ policy team,

Best wishes, 

Paul. Nicolson

Low income damages health, 50% more people, or 7366, admitted to hospital with malnutrition since 2010, unprecedented rise in deaths in 2015, austerity is going to get even worse - reversing it will ​prevent ill health​, save lives and ​save ​money. 

1. Low incomes are too low for children to live a healthy life from birth to death -  Institute of Health Equity. "  Income can impact on health in different ways.  Income impacts on health directly, for instance, because of insufficient money to heat your home or buy a healthy balanced diet. Cold homes increase rates of respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, excess winter deaths and mental illness.  Inadequate diets increase the risk of malnutrition, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Low income, and particularly debt or insufficient income also impact on health indirectly through increased stress, depression and anxiety, and sub optimal coping behaviours – such as increased rates of smoking and drinking." Institute of Health Equity. 

2. While cases of malnutrition doubled in the four years to 2014, there has been a rise in diseases that were rife in the Victorian era such as scurvy, scarlet fever, cholera and whooping cough / Corbis  "NHS reports that 7366 people were admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnutrition between August 2014 and July this year, compared with 4,883 cases in the same period from 2010 to 2011 – a rise of more than 50 per cent in just four years." Equality Trust - Food Bank Britain. 

3. "UK life expectancy among the elderly falls, due mainly to cuts in health and social care spending, we have fewer and fewer survivors from those times to tell us of what we really won 98 years ago. What was won was the peace that followed that first all out war. The peace was won through rents strikes, winning the provisions and improvements of council housing, the friendly and building society movement, housing associations that did not operate as businesses, the provision of pensions, eventually winning full employment, and rent regulation. A great deal has been lost, and when they come to cut first they come for the weakest." Professor Danny Dorling - Provision of housing a moral issue  see also "An unprecedented rise in UK deaths" reported by the ONS

4. Billions lost in productivity taxes welfare payments & extra costs in NHS. "Allowing the UK to sleepwalk into a proliferation of insecure work is short sighted, damages health and costs the taxpayer.  In 2010 it was estimated that inequalities in health accounted for productivity losses of £31-£33 billion per year, and £20-£32 billion a year in lost taxes and higher welfare payments.  Additional NHS healthcare costs associated with inequality were estimated to be in excess of £5.5 billion a year." Institute of Health Equity. 

5. Following the blogs the Resolution Foundation published this graph showing that income after housing costs will decrease by nearly 16% for the poorest UK citizens but increase by 4% for the already wealthiest by 2020. The rents required to be paid by the lowest incomes in the UK have been increased by the ever rising housing market and by the governments’ cuts in housing benefit. The two increases in rent reduce the income left over needed by tenants to buy food, fuel and other necessities; council tax and the rising costs of living also take their toll and therefore damaged health. Therefore mortality and number of people admitted to hospital with malnutrition 
​are very likely to​  increase up to 2020 ​ and beyond​.
  Taxpayers Against Poverty.