Published: 5th Jan 2021

The pandemic has exacerbated many existing inequalities in health and economics, according to a group of experts. The New Year’s message from the IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities, chaired by Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton has warned that the most vulnerable in society have often been hit the hardest by the events of the last 12 months. The message notes that mortality rates from Covid-19 have been around twice as high in the most deprived communities as in the least deprived. In addition, many ethnic minority groups have suffered much higher rates of mortality than the white majority. That in part reflects their occupations, according to the review. More than two in ten black African working-age women are employed in health and social care, for example. The message also notes that the best-paid and most highly educated have been much better able to ride out the crisis. And while the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)