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A more equal society?New Labour, poverty, inequality and exclusion$
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John Hills and Kitty Stewart

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345783

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345783.001.0001

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Tackling health inequalities

Tackling health inequalities

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(p.69) Four Tackling health inequalities
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A more equal society?
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Franco Sassi

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345783.003.0004

This chapter examines health inequalities — an area which is of considerable prominence, where targets and government policies have been targeted, however, where policy action has been less clear. It discusses the relationship between income and health. It is argued that reduction of poverty and reduction of income inequality results in overall health improvement and to the reduction of inequalities. The first section of the chapter provides an overview of the health inequalities in the UK due to socioeconomics and ethnicity inequalities. The second section discusses the government policies and objectives of New Labour. The third section tackles the government's strategy for addressing health inequalities. The last section assesses the impact of government policies on improving health for all and reducing health inequalities.

Keywords:   health inequalities, government policies, income, poverty, health, government objectives

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