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Health inequalities are the differences, variations, and disparities in the health status and health outcomes of individuals and groups.

Health inequities are avoidable inequalities in health between groups of people within countries and between countries. These inequities arise from inequalities within and between societies.

Examples of health inequities within countries:

  • Life expectancy at birth for men in the Calton neighbourhood of Glasgow is 54 years. This is 28 years less than that of men in Lenzie, a few kilometres away.
  • The prevalence of long-term disabilities among European men aged 80+ years is 58.8% among the lower educated versus 40.2% among the higher educated.

“Health inequalities that are preventable by reasonable means are unfair. Putting them right is a matter of social justice”. Marmot Review: Fair Society, Healthy Lives (2010)

For an overview  of some of the key inequalities in Kirklees please have a look at the KJSA Kirklees Overview section.

The social gradient

Poor social and economic circumstances affect health throughout life. Life expectancy is shorter and most diseases are more common further down the social ladder. This social gradient in health runs right across society.

Life expectancy chart

Life expectancy calculations based on GP registered population July 2014 and deaths 2013-15 (ONS)

Healthy weight year 6 children

Data from National Child Measurement Programme 2013/14 (Kirklees)


Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015

 The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) measures relative deprivation, ranking areas relative to others in England.

Kirklees IMD 2015 map

Distribution of IMD 2015 deciles across Kirklees

Several documents have been produced, summarising IMD 2015 at local, regional and national level.

Kirklees summary:

Regional summary:

National summary:

An additional comparison of changes in IMD rank between 2010 and 2015 for Kirklees is available here: 

Marmot indicators

In 2010, Sir Michael Marmot published a report, Fair Society, Healthy Lives, reviewing evidence-based strategies for reducing health inequalities:

 The Institute of Health Equity has published a set of indicators broadly corresponding to the policy recommendations in Fair Society, Health Lives.

 Marmot indicators 2015 – overview:

Marmot indicators 2015 – Kirklees:

Other health and wellbeing indicators


Public Health profiles:

Public Health England segment tool provides information on the causes of death that are driving inequalities in life expectancy at a local level:

Public Health Outcomes Framework:

Public Health England data and analysis tools:

Additional resources/links

The Centre for Cities web site contains a set of economic indicators for the 63 largest cities and towns (primary urban areas) in the UK, including Huddersfield/Kirklees:

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has produced a useful summary of the reasons for the growing gap between rich and poor people in OECD countries over the past 30 years: Divided we stand: why inequality keeps on rising (OECD)

Date this section was last reviewed

05/06/16 (HB)