Ill health in ‘left behind’ areas costs England £30bn a year, says report

Economy would get a major boost if people in most-deprived regions were as healthy as those in rich areas

Endemic ill-health in England’s “left behind” neighbourhoods costs the country almost £30bn a year because people are often too ill to work and die earlier, a report claims.

The cost of lost productivity results directly from those very deprived areas having much worse health than the rest of the country, according to parliamentarians and academics.

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