Marmot review inequalities data published

The Marmot review team has published new data by the London Health Observatory on health inequalities in children.

The indicators looked at are:

  • Life expectancy at birth
  • Children reaching a good level of development at age five
  • Young people not in employment, education or training; and
  • The percentage of people receiving means-tested benefits

There are a number of findings including the following:

  • Just under half (44%) of all five year olds in England are not considered by their teachers to have a good level of development in the first year of school – this assessment is based on national criteria of behaviour and understanding.
  • The percentage who do not have a good level of development rises to 58% in the London Borough of Haringey, followed by 55% in Brent, Newham and the County of Herefordshire.
  • The local authorities with the largest percentage of children (69%) achieving a good level of development at age five are Solihull in the West Midlands and Richmond upon Thames.

The Marmot Review report ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ was published in 2010 and stressed the need for health inequalities to be tackled through partnership working across local and central government and the voluntary and private sector.

Health inequalities are significant issues for those working in child accident prevention as we children from the most disadvantaged families are 13 times more likely to die from accidental injury overall and 38 times more likely to die in house fires.

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Updated March 2012