Inequalities 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.

Five key findings from our COVID-19 impact inquiry

Newsletter feature
29 July 2021

We summarise key insights from the COVID-19 impact inquiry report. 

Why do people die young in Glasgow?

Newsletter feature
29 July 2021

Dr Jennifer Dixon talked to experts Dr David Walsh and Sir Harry Burns. We pull out key themes from their discussion. 

Low life expectancy in Glasgow, and what to do about it

23 July 2021

Episode 10. In the UK, life expectancy is lowest in Glasgow. Why is this? And what can we all learn from longstanding efforts to improve health there?

What geographic inequalities in COVID-19 mortality rates and health can tell us about levelling up

17 July 2021

What do geographic disparities in COVID-19 mortality rates for people younger than 65 mean for the government’s levelling up agenda? Adam Tinson dives into the data.

The government’s levelling up agenda

July 2021

What does ‘levelling up’ mean, and why should health be centre stage in plans to do so?

Prime Minister eager to level up life expectancy but no sign of meaningful action to make this a reality

Press release
15 July 2021

Health Foundation response to the Prime Minister’s speech on plans to ‘level up’ the country.

An investment in people is an investment in health

6 July 2021

The COVID-19 impact inquiry shows the extent of the pandemic’s unequal repercussions, writes Jo Bibby.

Webinar: A healthy recovery – Acting on findings from the COVID-19 impact inquiry

6 July 2021

In this webinar, our panel discussed how to understand and act upon the findings on the Health Foundation's COVID-19 impact inquiry.

Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery

Research report
July 2021

A comprehensive review of the factors that affected the UK’s devastating COVID-19 death toll.

ITT: Evaluation of our Economies for Healthier Lives programme

Invitation to tender
5 July 2021
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We are seeking an evaluation partner to undertake an evaluation of our Economies for Healthier Lives programme.

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