England’s regional health inequalities are now some of the largest in Europe.
There continues to be a North-South divide in terms of poverty and health inequalities in the UK. Nationally, just under a third (31%) of the total population live in relative low-income BHC (before housing costs) in at least one of the four years from 2013 to 2016.
This is significantly higher in the North.
In Tyne and Wear, the employment rate for people with a disability is 9.1% lower than the rest of the country.
Areas suffering from multiple deprivation are more heavily concentrated in the North of England compared to most other UK regions. These areas face many challenges such as low income, insecure work, high unemployment, increased ill-health, below average levels of educational attainment and skills, high crime, and lower quality living environments.
Ultimately, life expectancy is two years lower in the north compared to the rest of the country. Premature death rates are 20% higher across all age groups.
The North East is experiencing some difficult economic and social challenges and conditions. There are high levels of deprivation, with some wards ranked as being amongst the most deprived in England.
The area sees high levels of unemployment and economic inactivity, with a greater proportion of the population claiming out of work benefits than in Great Britain as a whole (3% versus 1.9%).
Recent statistics show there could be as many as 75,000 people who are out of work but seeking employment in the North East.
We are in a time of growing need. Since 2010, some Local Authorises have seen a 40% reduction in central government funding. Yet, need continues to increase.
It’s becoming increasingly important to seek new ways to stretch resources to maintain support for the most vulnerable.
Multiple needs and complexity
Commonly, a person with complex needs will experience multiple barriers. For instance, offending behaviour can often be coupled with homelessness, substance misuse and mental health issues.
It’s crucial that people who face multiple barriers are not places in silos and stretched between multiple services. Through unified work, we can help encourage a culture where people access a consistent service across multiple organisations.
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