Tipping the scales: exploring austerity and public health in the UK

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International Longevity Centre - UK
Date of publication
30 January 2020
Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This report finds that the percentage of the population reporting good health fell significantly during the austerity years.

Health spending in the UK was protected from severe budgetary cuts during the austerity years. In fact, health spending per head was 26% higher in 2015 than it was in 2010. Although the National Health Service (NHS) managed to avoid significant budget reduction, cuts in other areas of social spending indirectly affected public health in the UK.


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