Links for 2016-05-15

  • Westminster social engineering to blame for ‘Glasgow effect’ mortality rate

    This is quite significant — scientific proof that austerity/social engineering policies cause higher mortality rates:

    Researchers found that the historic effect of overcrowding was an important factor and highlighted the strategies of local government, which prioritised the regeneration of the city centre over investment in the cities housing schemes as having a significant impact on the health of Glaswegians. Data shows that Glasgow authorities spent far less on housing repairs, leaving people’s homes poorly maintained and subject to damp. David Walsh, of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, said that their work proved that poor health had political causes and could not simply be attributed to individual lifestyle choices.

    (tags: glasgow-effect scotland poverty glasgow lifestyle health mortality housing policies uk)

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