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Greater Manchester: A Marmot City Region

Greater Manchester and the UCL IHE Collaboration - Programme of work

Greater Manchester and Michael Marmot’s Institute of Health Equity agreed a collaboration and programme of work for 2019-20 that saw Greater Manchester become a Marmot City Region. Greater Manchester has had a longstanding focus on reducing inequalities and IHE supported and helped to prioritise particularly significant health equity actions in the devolved Regions' development.

IHE worked alongside the Mayor, local authority leaders and the Health and Social Care Partnership in GM to advise on strategies, practical implementation and monitoring. The collaboration formed a significant component of the Marmot Ten Years On analysis and report, launched in  2020.

Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives

Commissioned by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership this Marmot ReviewBuild Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives, published 30 June 2021, includes bold and ambitious recommendations on how to reduce health inequities and build back fairer from the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations.

The Manchester City Region had a 25% higher COVID-19 death rate than England as a whole in the 13 months to March 2021. This high death rate contributed to a decline in life expectancy in the North West region, which was larger than the average in England. Life expectancy fell in 2020 by 1.6 years for men and 1.2 years for women in the North West compared 1.3 years and 0.9 years, respectively, across England. 

A new Framework is part of the review and comes as life expectancy falls for everyone across the UK, and health inequities widen, at a cost of £39 billion every year. 

The Review includes:

The IHE’s Director, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, said "if the government is serious about levelling up health inequities, equity of health and wellbeing must be at the heart of government and business strategy rather narrow economic goals". 

A press release  and a briefing note are available to read and download.

The Press Release includes:  

  • Comments from both UCL IHE Director, Prof. Michael Marmot and Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham 

  • A summary of the Key Recommendations from the new review: ‘Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives’. 


Webinar and Report Launch - Watch the recorded event

Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester - Recommendations for health equity and dignified lives for the UK’s first Marmot city region.

The webinar event marked the publication of the Review and its bold and ambitious recommendations.

Professor Michael Marmot joined Greater Manchester leaders to discuss a review and recommendations for health equity and dignified lives for the UK's first Marmot city region.


IHE continue to work closely with other cities and regions, including Coventry, for which a city evaluation was produced in 2020, and have begun programmes of work with Cheshire and Merseyside and Cumbria and Lancashire.

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