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.

Latest data highlights a growing mental health crisis in the UK

Press release
5 May 2021

Jo Bibby, Director of Health at the Health Foundation, responds to the latest ONS data release on coronavirus and depression.

Time for a health inequalities ‘moonshot’?

4 May 2021

What is the value of a target-driven approach to health inequalities? We explore the possibilities and pitfalls, and seek your input on how the government can ‘level up’ health outcomes.

City mayors can play a key role in improving our health

30 April 2021

What can metro mayors do to improve people’s health in their regions? We look at policy priorities ahead of the local elections on 6 May.

What’s new from the COVID-19 impact inquiry?

Newsletter feature
29 April 2021

Our inquiry is exploring the pandemic’s implications for health and health inequalities across the UK. Here’s a round-up of the latest learning published by the inquiry team.   

The unequal mental health toll of the pandemic

28 April 2021

The pandemic has taught us the importance of putting lived experience expertise at the heart of mental health services and support, writes Dr Vanessa Pinfold.

Wising up to levelling up

22 April 2021

Episode 7. Is levelling up a serious aspiration for the Government? And what strategy would be needed to reduce health inequalities?

Reconditioning the benefits system for a stronger COVID-19 recovery

20 April 2021

How can the benefits system support the nation’s health? Research into Universal Credit uptake during the pandemic provides some clues.

Over 200,000 more people are at risk of poor mental health this year due to unemployment

Press release
16 April 2021

New analysis by the Health Foundation estimates that over 200,000 more people are at risk of poor mental health this year due to unemployment.  

ITT: Evaluation of our inclusion panel

Invitation to tender
14 April 2021

We're looking to commission a supplier to undertake an evaluation of our recently established inclusion panel.

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