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Indicator Set: The impact of the economic downturn and policy changes on health inequalities in London

Report abstract

IHE were asked by the London Health Inequalities Network to report on the likely impact of the recession and welfare reforms in London, and to develop a set of indicators to do so. The first report was published in June 2012, it set out our view of the likely impact of the recession, and welfare reforms, on the social determinants of health and health outcomes. This is available on the here.

In October 2013, the IHE published an indicator set that was piloted by 5 London boroughs and launched for London analysts in October 2013. The full report, and a short document of key messages from the report, are available to download above.

PHE have subsequently been working to provide profiles for each of the London boroughs that include the data that is available for each region. They are now available on the PHE website.   These will need to be supplemented by data that is only available locally. 

The aim of the work was to help identify salient issues in terms of monitoring the impact of the recession, so that local leaders could act to mitigate against any negative trends.

In addition to the work for London we have also looked into the issue for Coventry, which can be found on the Coventry report page.

By UCL Institute of Health Equity Mar 2014