‘There is a strong evidence base showing that work is generally good for physical and mental health and well-being. Worklessness is associated with poorer physical and mental health and well-being’. This statement and the evidence behind it is set out in Is work good for your health and well-being? by Gordon Waddell and A Kim Burton (published by The Stationery Office, 2006). The report argues that it is better to be in work for economic, social and psychological reasons and for the good of physical and mental health.