A matter of justice: Local government’s role in tackling health inequalities

Deprived communities experience poorer mental health, higher rates of smoking and greater levels of obesity than the more affluent. They spend more years in ill health and die sooner. Reducing health inequalities is an economic and social challenge as well as a moral one.


In her first speech as Prime Minister in 2016, Theresa May spoke of the ‘burning injustice that if you’re born poor, you will die on average nine years earlier than others’. This publication is about that burning injustice, how social and economic factors lead to long term ill health and premature death for the most deprived; and what local government can do about it.

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