Marmot 10 Years On - What now?

The Health Foundation and the Institute for Health Equity have launched their report Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On, showing that health inequalities are increasing. Culture remains largely absent from its the recommendations, although the report

  • highlights cuts to cultural spend in councils
  • calls for the DCMS to participate in cross-governmental action
  • highlights the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act in Wales as a case study, which includes "A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh Language" as a central component.

The Health Foundation draws out the following key points:

  • there has been a decrease in the proportion of our lives that we can expect to live in good health
  • improvements to life expectancy have stalled, and declined for the poorest 10% of women
  • the health gap has grown between wealthy and deprived areas 
  • place matters – living in a deprived area of the North East is worse for your health than living in a similarly deprived area in London, to the extent that life expectancy is nearly five years less.

And the report includes has the following summary recommendations for taking action:

  • Develop a national strategy for action on the social determinants of health with the aim of reducing inequalities in health.

  • Ensure proportionate universal allocation of resources and implementation of policies.

  • Early intervention to prevent health inequalities.

  • Develop the social determinants of health workforce.

  • Engage the public.

  • Develop whole systems monitoring and strengthen accountability for health inequalities.

Download the report here