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Austerity, welfare reform and the English health divide

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Clare Bambra

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Abstract

In this commentary we argue that spatial inequalities in health will increase in England as a result of the entwined policies of austerity and welfare reform. We describe the health divide and outline the actual and potential effects of austerity and welfare reform on it by drawing on current data and previous international research. Drawing on our involvement in the 2014 Due North: Independent Inquiry into Health Equity North, we suggest alternative policies that could reduce the divide, or at the least, stop it from widening further. We conclude by outlining ways in which geographers can engage with this prescient issue.


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Author(s): Bambra C, Garthwaite K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Area

Year: 2015

Volume: 47

Issue: 3

Pages: 341-343

Print publication date: 01/09/2015

Online publication date: 06/07/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/2015

ISSN (print): 0004-0894

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4762

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12191

DOI: 10.1111/area.12191


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