Poverty and Health Inequalities

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A report from the Campaign to End Child Poverty has pointed out that Tower Hamlets has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the nation - 79% of children are classified as 'struggling'. That's 42,850 children. With the World Health Organisation (WHO) showing the UK's life expectancy is falling behind comparable countries such as Sweden and Australia, and WHO attributing it to 'a toxic combination of bad policies, economics and politics', does the Mayor agree with WHO that the current Government's policies are a major factor behind the capital's health inequalities?


Answer for Poverty and Health Inequalities

Answer for Poverty and Health Inequalities

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It saddens me that there has been little progress on child poverty, and no significant improvement in the capital since 2000. Eleven years of Labour government has not produced the change we need, particularly in education or health inequalities. Government-led action on health inequalities needs to be long-term and include evidence-based programmes to tackle a range of health determinants. In addition, Governments need to monitor and evaluate progress and amend their policies as required if they are not reducing health inequalities as intended. It is clear that the Government could and should to more to tackle health inequalities in London. My staff will be working to influence the national policy review now under way to be ambitious enough to make a real difference to London.