Council is committed to fighting deprivation, says Cllr Henderson

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Convener for Health, Social Care and Housing at the City of Edinburgh Council, today commented on the release of a map of average life expectancies of people living in the capital.

NHS Health Scotland today issued an infographic based on the tram route as a way of highlighting the differences in areas of affluence and deprivation across the city.

MSPs will today debate the findings of the Health and Sport Committee’s report into health inequalities.

Councillor Henderson said: “Edinburgh has an image of affluence but is clearly a divided city where people live quite different lives. It’s imperative that we give children the best start in life and protect the most vulnerable. This Council is committed to fighting deprivation and inequality and works closely with local communities and partners such as health services, the voluntary sector and the police to find the best way to do this.

“Work is ongoing to provide good access to healthcare and quality housing that people can afford. We will continue to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, particularly children and the most vulnerable people.”

The report concludes that the primary causes of health inequalities relate to income and deprivation and highlights the level of agreement amongst experts around the high level causes of poor health, such as low income and poverty, economic disadvantage, poor housing, low educational attainment and industrial decline.

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