Health inequalities in London
There are differences in health outcomes between those on the highest and lowest incomes. This relationship between socio-economic circumstances and health is a graded one – that is the higher the social-economic position, the better the health. These differences in health are not just caused by genetics, behaviour or difficulties accessing medical care. They reflect, and are caused by, social and economic inequalities in society.
Inequalities in health exist across a range of social and demographic indicators, including income, social class, occupation, housing condition, neighbourhood quality, geographic region, gender and ethnicity. Inequalities are evident in many health outcomes, including mortality, morbidity, self-reported health, mental health, death and injury from accidents and violence. This set of indicators covers: infant mortality, childhood obesity; premature death; and life expectancy at birth without a limiting long-term condition or illness for men and women.
The rates of infant mortality and premature death in London fell between 2011 and 2015. However, child obesity rates have continued to rise, up to 23% in London. This is 3% higher than the national figure.
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London students entitled to Free School Meals are 15 percentage points less likely to attain level 3 qualifications (A Level equivalent) than other students in London. In the rest of the UK, this gap in attainment is 28%. pic.twitter.com/Z4v5q7vSM320 Feb 2018
36% of housing delivered in #Haringey was social housing, affordable housing or shared accomodation in the three years up to 2015/16. This is the 5th highest rate in London. 604 such homes were built during this period, which is the 17th most out of London's 32 boroughs. pic.twitter.com/YaBVggmgog20 Feb 2018
More inner London students from disadvantaged backgrounds went to university than those from non-disadvantaged backgrounds in 2015/16. pic.twitter.com/DHAE2XEuiX19 Feb 2018