London can and should be a place where everyone is able to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. However, Londoners experience unacceptable differences in their wellbeing and longevity.
London Health Inequalities Strategy
We published the first London Health Inequalities Strategy, a statutory requirement under the GLA Act 2007, in 2010. It sets out how we will tackle health inequalities in London. The strategy has five main objectives:
- to empower individuals and communities to improve health and well-being
- to improve access to high quality health and social care services particularly for Londoners who have poor health outcomes
- to reduce income inequality and the negative consequences of relative poverty
- to increase the opportunities for people to access the potential benefits of good work and other meaningful activity
- to develop and promote London as a healthy place for all
Learn more on how the strategy was developed.
We have published delivery plans to ensure the Health Inequalities Strategy delivers on its aims. The refreshed Health Inequalities Delivery Plan published in September 2015, covers 2015 to 2018 and includes:
- a summary of GLA led work on health inequalities to date
- a description of the new health landscape
- levers for reducing health inequalities
Our delivery plan was informed by the London Health Commission Inquiry recommendations.
The factors that influence health inequalities
The GLA, Public Health England and other partners developed a set of twelve indicators to describe the landscape of health inequalities in London, such as childhood, education and lifestyle.
These indicators support a greater understanding of health inequalities by location and between and within different populations in the capital.