Thursday, 28 February 2019

Higher taxes on the rich could reduce UK health inequality, says expert

Higher taxes on the rich could reduce UK health inequality, says expert Gap in life expectancy in Britain has widened since onset of austerity, says Michael Marmot

Higher taxation for the rich may need to be considered if the UK is to tackle the decline in life expectancy in parts of the UK and the widening gap in health inequalities, according to Sir Michael Marmot, the country’s leading authority on the issues.

Ten years on from his seminal review for the Labour government of health inequality in England in 2010, Marmot will publish a review of what has been achieved and the current state of the nation with the Health Foundation. The evidence is expected to show that initial progress faltered and then stopped under the pressure of austerity, Marmot told the Guardian in an interview.

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