Social determinants of health and the role of local government

Publisher/Organizer: Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA) UK
Publication date: 2010
Language: English


This collection of articles assesses what local government can do to tackle the social conditions that lead to health inequalities. Written by distinguished practitioners and academics, the publication builds on the recent Marmot Review report, 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives'.

Some of the articles are deliberately challenging and provocative. Some of them present a picture of what is already happening in local government. Some look to what more local authorities could do, either with additional powers or by using their existing powers and remit. All will challenge and extend your current thinking.

In undertaking this review, we identified evidence and made recommendations in the key policy areas – the social determinants of health – where action is likely to be most effective in reducing health inequalities.