Update on Health Inequality Strategy implementation plan

MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the HIS implementation plan, the Mayor committed to:

  • Fund work in 2018/19 to support the development of effective evaluation and outcomes measurement and the further development of sustainable social prescribing models; and
  • Fund work in 2018/19 to explore how digital solutions might support the effective roll-out of social prescribing, and how to obtain the more specialist social welfare advice people need but is increasingly difficult to access.


Please can you provide detail of a) how much funding has been allocated for each of these commitments, b) what work has been commissioned, and c) when the results of each of these projects will be reported.


Answer for Update on Health Inequality Strategy implementation plan
Update on Health Inequality Strategy implementation plan

Update on Health Inequality Strategy implementation plan

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My draft Vision for Social Prescribing, published in December – on which we are currently seeking feedback - outlines our priorities over the next 10 years.

In 2018/19 I have so far commissioned several projects exploring social prescribing in London to inform the Vision.

Reviews of the digital landscape, and the of role of the voluntary sector (£36,000 combined) have already been published and are available at https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/social-prescribing

I also commissioned an internal review of the role of local government (£10,000).

I have recently commissioned three projects (£10,000 each) to inform the evaluation work programme, and I have commissioned the Housing Association Charitable Trust to look at the role of housing associations (£10,000). These reports will be available in spring 2019. I am also in the process of commissioning a review of the current provision of social welfare legal advice in London.