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Marmot review into health inequalities 10 years on - CIH reaction


Ten years on from the original Marmot report into health inequalities, the latest review demonstrates that the direction of policy changes since 2010 have led to a significant widening of health inequalities. Life expectancy for people in England has stalled, and for the poorest 10 per cent of women, it has declined. The impact of housing is now a more significant factor than it was in 2010 – with affordability, poor conditions, lack of access and security all playing a significant part in the problems people are facing.

CIH chief executive Gavin Smart said:

"The review shows that housing costs are having a significant impact on child poverty, and that poor housing conditions have a significant impact on both physical and mental health: the longer someone lives in poor conditions, the greater the impact on their health.

"That is why CIH continues to call for greater investment in homes, especially for the most affordable social rents – we need 90,000 of these homes a year to address our housing affordability crisis. And we need to step up the quality of those homes, in terms of energy efficiency and accessibility. CIH supports the call for building more accessible housing (Housing made for everyone/HoME) and TCPA’s campaign for a #HealthyHomesAct."

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