Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions
Dear Mr. Smith,
Further to my letter of June 29, 2013 ("What is the DWP's policy with regard to publishing benefit claimant mortality statistics?"), I am writing to request that your department consider hiring an epidemiologist to conduct an independent study of the impact of the welfare reforms on the mortality rate of benefit claimants, particularly the sick and disabled.
I also recommend that the DWP consult with David Stuckler, a senior research leader in sociology at Oxford University, who is the co-author of “The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills” (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/
I look forward to your reply regarding my proposals.
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