LGA responds to Marmot Review: 10 years on report

“Councils want to work with government on closing this gap by focusing on the social causes of ill-health, such as early years development, education and employment opportunities and improving services for older people."


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Responding to the publication of the ‘Marmot Review 10 Years On’ report, which states that life expectancy has failed to increase across the country for a decade and health inequalities have widened, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“This report is a significant wake-up call about the need to tackle the widening health inequalities across the country.

“Councils want to work with government on closing this gap by focusing on the social causes of ill-health, such as early years development, education and employment opportunities and improving services for older people.

“Sustainable, long-term investment in councils’ public health services is also needed if we are to reverse reductions in life expectancy and tackle health inequalities across the country.

Councils know their communities best and are committed to improving their health. Through their services, councils help people live longer and in greater health, in better conditions while improving their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.

“We have long argued that previous reductions to the public health grant have been a false economy, which only compound acute pressures for NHS and social care services further down the line.”

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Public health funding grants to councils have been reduced by £700 million in real terms from 2015/16 to 2019/20.