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In 2010, the Marmot Review highlighted the increasing evidence that environmental factors exacerbate health inequalities. The three year inquiry found that, in England, the lower a person’s social position, the worse his or her health. In 2016, the UK’s controversial breach of European air quality standards provides us with a very clear example of the ongoing health inequalities identified in the powerful 2010 report. Poor air quality, which is principally caused by emissions from vehicle engines and degrading tires, has accounted for between 40 and 50 thousand premature deaths in the past year. PM10 and PM2.5 particulates penetrate deep into […]
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For years fuel poverty campaigners have been calling on politicians to recognise the affects of cold and damp homes on the health of our most vulnerable households. As early as 2011, a report from the World Health Organisation proved that on average nearly 8,000 people die in the UK every year due to living in cold homes – three to four times the number of people who die on British roads and far worse than really cold countries like Germany and Sweden. And with the UK just one place from bottom of the European rankings for housing quality – only […]
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Amid growing fears amongst Labour and Tories alike about the scale of the NHS deficit, it is more than a little surprising that the recent announcement of a £50m investment by the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) into the energy efficiency of the NHS went almost unnoticed. Thankfully hope has come in the form of Labour’s Energy Green Paper. Launched in November it provides an opportunity for Labour to reflect on the growing evidence about the role of energy efficiency in staving off cuts and driving up staff and patient satisfaction within the NHS. The NHS is one of the UK’s most […]
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