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Sharp rise in mental illness among those whose income fell away during Covid

Steepest decline in wellbeing came among those newly reliant on universal credit and self-employment grants, UK survey finds

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Previously comfortably-off people who suffered sudden and massive drops in household income during the pandemic crisis recorded the sharpest increases in mental illness, according to a major survey.

While mental health worsened across all groups during the period, those forced to become newly dependent on universal credit and self-employment grants experienced the most dramatic and ongoing decline in mental wellbeing.

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