Since the election in May 2015, when the Tories won their surprising overall majority in the House of Commons (despite only securing c.37% of the actual vote), I’ve been following with interest and concern the developments on the budget, welfare and austerity measures. We finally got some figures out of the government regarding the death toll (possibly) relating to benefit sanctions. Many if not most deaths cannot be directly related to sanctions but the circumstantial evidence is compelling. Rather than try to repeat much of what has been written elsewhere I recommend this article from the New Statesman which brings it all together rather succinctly. Whether we work in mental health services or not, social workers, medical staff and others in the caring professions have been seeing first hand the devastation of austerity.