Reducing the Risks to Health: The role of social protection. Report of the Social Protection Task Group for the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post 2010

H Glennerster, J Bradshaw, R Lister, O Lundberg

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


At the end of 2008, the Government set in motion a Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England chaired by Sir Michael Marmot. It is to report in December 2009. As part of its work, it set up various Task Groups to collect evidence and suggest policy options. The Task Group on Social Protection produced this report which will be part of the evidence the Review will consider.

* We demonstrate that the introduction of social protection systems as well as their generosity and coverage have significant impacts on health.
* Who receives the benefits within the household affects the health outcomes for the family.
* The eligibility for and administration of benefits matters. We examine the growth of means testing in the UK and its recent modifications.
* We find serious difficulties facing those with long term medical conditions who are on the margins of the labour force. Collaboration between the health and social protection systems is poor.
* We give particular attention to gender and health and the implications this has for the social protection system. We also consider the fate of groups like asylum seekers who are excluded from its normal working.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon School of Economics, London
PublisherThe Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Number of pages48
VolumeCASEpaper 139
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • employment/benefits
  • social exclusion, income, poverty
  • health services issues
  • family
  • ill/disabled adults

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