The Marmot Review – ten years on

The Institute of Health Equity has published a follow-up to 2010’s Marmot Review using Understanding Society as one of its data sources

Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On shows that, for the first time in more than 100 years, life expectancy has failed to increase across the country, and actually declined for the poorest 10% of women. Since 2010, health inequalities have widened overall, and the amount of time people spend in poor health has increased.

The first Marmot Review, Fair Society Healthy Lives, was commissioned in 2008 by Alan Johnson, then Health Secretary, to propose evidence-based strategies for reducing health inequalities in England.

Ten years on, the anniversary report showed an increase in the north/south health gap, where the largest decreases were seen in the most deprived 10% of neighbourhoods in the North East, and the largest increases in the least deprived 10% of neighbourhoods in London.

How was Understanding Society used?

Marmot 2020 used Understanding Society to measure inequalities among older people. Analysing our data from 2009-11 showed that, even after accounting for social and economic disadvantage, people over 60 in minority ethnic groups are more likely than white British people to report limiting health and poor self-rated health.

Read the full report