THE RISING COST OF LIVING: A REVIEW OF INTERVENTIONS TO REDUCE IMPACTS ON HEALTH
18 January 2023
The report focuses on supporting a coordinated response across these partners and sectors, and provides the following: • Section 2 contextualises the rising cost of living in terms of existing inequalities in health and income, and summarises some of the major factors that will determine the resilience of London and its residents to the health impacts of falling real incomes. [...] Inequalities in income in London are wider than the rest of the UK: people in the top decile earned over ten times more than people in the bottom decile in London in 2017/18–2019/20, compared with a multiple of 5.2 between the top and bottom deciles in the rest of the UK. [...] 28 THE RISING COST OF LIVING: A REVIEW OF INTERVENTIONS TO REDUCE IMPACTS ON HEALTH INEQUALITIES IN LONDON CONTENTS 5.1 FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE COMMISSIONERS AND PROVIDERS The introduction of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) across health and social care provides an opportunity for action to mitigate the effects of the rising cost of living, and the likely impacts on health. [...] Critical to this is leadership and strong accountability at ICS board level and working in partnership with the local authority, the VCFSE and businesses to support, and sometimes lead, action to address the rising cost of living and its impacts on the determinants of health. [...] Further to this are issues such as the suitability of the food provided to meet people’s cultural and dietary preferences and needs, and whether people know how to prepare the food, and have the tools, equipment and time to transport, store and prepare it (62).