Published: 15th Dec 2020

Economic and social inequalities, austerity cutbacks and rising levels of poverty have all increased the ‘lethality of Covid-19’ in the UK, according to a new study. The study by Sir Michael Marmot urges the government to build a ‘fairer, healthier society’ in the wake of the pandemic, with health and wellbeing ‘at the heart of all policy making’. It was commissioned by the Health Foundation as the first major output of its COVID-19 impact inquiry and highlights the disproportionate impact that the pandemic is having on young people, minorities and poorer communities. ‘Britain has tried the austerity experiment. It did not work, if health and wellbeing are the markers of success,’ the report states. For example, it warns teachers in the most deprived schools are over three times more likely to report that their pupils are four months or more behind in their curriculum than those in the least deprived schools. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)