Published: 17th Dec 2010

New research in Birmingham provides yet more evidence that broader investment in communities is the only way to tackle health inequalities, say Peter Patel and Ranjit Sondhi There is now a large body of evidence showing that inequality is bad for us. More equal societies are healthier, more cohesive, have less crime, better educational attainment, and more efficient economies. So the eradication of inequality and poverty benefits us all. Greater inequality is also the unmentioned key ingredient in improving happiness and wellbeing, which prime minister David Cameron has pledged to measure via his General Wellbeing Index. Therefore, predicted widening inequality in the ‘age of austerity’ can only depress the prime minister’s index. Spending cuts in local services, welfare, social housing and area regeneration, which make major contributions to keeping inequalities and poverty at bay, have potentially catastrophic effects for disadvantaged communities. The Human City Institute report … (To read the full article, subscribe below)