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Health inequalities: Deprivation and poverty

Explore how the pandemic impacted different areas across the country in different ways, dependent on their location and levels of deprivation. This work informs part of the health inequalities hub, which is funded by UK Government.

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Office for National Statistics (ONS) data (August 2020) shows that people who live in the most deprived areas of England and Wales were around twice as likely to die after contracting COVID-19. 

A more recent House of Commons briefing paper published on 26 October 2021, reports that poverty is set to increase over the coming years. Local councils and the voluntary sector up and down the country continue to play a crucial role in providing support to these areas. 

Explore case studies from councils which showcase the best examples of working to reduce poverty and deprivation and how COVID-19 exacerbated the inequalities facing communities across the country.