Health Inequalities Strategy

The Mayor's Health Inequalities Strategy sets out his plans to tackle unfair differences in health to make London a healthier, fairer city.

The challenge

The Mayor and partners are taking action to address London’s stark health inequalities, focussing on reducing the number of years Londoners live in poor health.

He wants all Londoners to have the best opportunities to live a long life in good health. If we are to achieve this, we all need to play our part in tackling the causes of poor health, and we all need to commit to making London a healthier, fairer city, where nobody’s health suffers because of who they are, or where they live.

About the strategy

This strategy tackles the determinants of health which lead to these differences - or health inequalities - by focusing on five key areas:

Healthy Children – helping every London child to have a healthy start in life by supporting parents and carers, early years settings and schools.

Healthy Minds – supporting Londoners to feel comfortable talking about mental health, reducing stigma and encouraging people across the city to work together to reduce suicide.

Healthy Places – working towards London having healthier streets and the best air quality of any major global city, ensuring all Londoners can access to good-quality green space, tackling income inequality and poverty, creating healthy workplaces, improving housing availability, quality and affordability, and addressing homelessness and rough sleeping.

Healthy Communities – making sure all Londoners have the opportunity to participate in community life, empowering people to improve their own and their communities health and wellbeing.

Healthy Living – helping Londoners to be physically active, making sure they have access to healthy food, and reducing the use of or harms caused by tobacco, illicit drugs, alcohol and gambling.

The Mayor has published a high-level implementation plan which includes key policies, proposals and actions; mayoral targets or milestones where these have been agreed, and headline indicators of success.

You can also read the Health Inequalities Strategy Consultation Integrated Impact Assessment Final Report which reviews the impacts of the draft strategy.

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The consultation

The Mayor publicly consulted on a draft of the strategy between 23 August and 30 November 2017. 

Thanks to everyone who gave their views. All the comments that were submitted have been considered and have fed into the revised version of the strategy. 

The Consultation Response Report provides an overview of the responses to the consultation. 

As part of the consultation, a series of workshops and events were held at City Hall for organisations preparing a response to the draft London Health Inequalities Strategy. 

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