Changing benefits systems can have a larger effect on health inequality than changing Income Tax

A new The Lancet – Public Health article suggests that benefit reforms are more likely to reduce health inequalities in Scotland than tax reforms.

Researchers have used the microsimulation programme EUROMOD to estimate the effects of hypothetical policy changes on Scottish households, and have found that increasing means-tested benefits and Citizen’s Basic Income schemes would have larger effects on health and health inequality than making changes to Income Tax.

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