Everyone in society should have the opportunity to make healthy choices, live healthy lives and access high quality health and social care services


There are stark differences in health outcomes across the UK – with a gap of almost 19 years in healthy life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas in England. Inequalities in power, money and resources at local and national levels can make people’s daily lives more challenging. In turn, this can make people more vulnerable to poor health.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

The Marmot Review 10 Years On

27 February 2019

Sir Michael Marmot blogs about stalling life expectancy increases and the importance of tackling the health inequalities that underlie it

Watch: The Marmot Review 10 Years On

25 February 2019

Watch Professor Sir Michael Marmot and Dr Jennifer Dixon explain why this review is needed.

Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On


The Health Foundation and the Institute of Health Equity are working on an analysis of health inequalities in England and update of the Marmot Review to be published in February 2020, on the 10-year a...

Health Foundation selects five projects for new programme on taking action on the social determinants of health

6 February 2019

The Health Foundation has selected five projects to take part in its new programme to improve people’s health by taking action on the social determinants of health.

The Community Spirit Level

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This project will involve the development of a ‘Community Spirit Level’; a tool that can be used to measure the factors in a locality that make up community spirit.

Local financial insecurity and debt indicator set

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This project will test whether providing a more coherent framework on financial insecurity and debt would help to improve the quality and focus of key services that seek to reduce health inequality.

Investment is critical if we want to have a society that flourishes both socially and economically

Press release
23 January 2019

The Health Foundation has responded to the National Audit Office report on pressures on children's social care 

The healthy life expectancy gap

14 December 2018

David Finch, Senior Fellow in Healthy Lives, unpicks the latest ONS data on healthy life expectancy.

ONS data reveals healthy life expectancy improvements stalling

Press release
12 December 2018

Health Foundation response to ONS data on health state life expectancies, UK: 2015 to 2017.

The nation's health as an asset

November 2018

A briefing that asks: what is the social and economic value of maintaining and improving people's health?

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