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Income
There is a well-established link between income and variations in health, with people on lower incomes more likely to have poor health

Key stats

£1,000
Living in an area where household income is £1,000 higher is associated with women living in good health for an extra 0.7 years.
31%
of people on the lowest incomes say they are not in good health, compared to 12% of people on the highest incomes.

There is a well-established link between income and variations in health, with people on lower incomes more likely to be in poor health. It is not simply the case that people in poverty have worse health than people who are not in poverty. Across the income distribution, health is better at higher levels of income.

The relationship between income and health can be two-way: lower income is associated with more sources of stress that can harm health and restrict people from improving their health. Poor health can limit the opportunity for good and stable employment, which affects income.

These charts explore the relationship between income and health, as well as trends and inequalities in income.

Relationship between income and health

Trends and inequalities in income

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Poverty
Poverty is a risk to health, with persistent poverty more strongly associated with worse health than shorter exposures
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There is a strong link between debt and health, with people in problem debt more likely to have worse health

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