Accessibility Statement
Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington

Leader's Blog  

Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Response to the Findings of the Marmot Report

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

The findings of the Marmot Report, which has highlighted the declining life expectancy and deteriorating social conditions in the most deprived areas of England, are unfortunately as unsurprising as they are shocking.

Local leaders such as myself have been raising the alarm for over a decade about the devastating consequences that austerity has wreaked upon the fabric of our communities. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated many of these long-standing issues, but there is no vaccination for inequality, and no lockdown that can resolve over ten years of entrenched underfunding and disadvantage.

A society that does not protect the most vulnerable, the most deprived and the most at risk is not a society that any of us should accept. We can do better, and we should demand better.

Our local public health teams have done incredible work over the past few years to address the worst of these inequalities and Tameside, along with the rest of the Greater Manchester, is leading the country in the integration of health and social care. But until the government recognises the scale of the problem, and puts in place the funding and political will that any solution will demand, they are fighting against a rising tide.

The issues highlighted in the Marmot Report will not be resolved by big ticket and headline grabbing infrastructure projects. They will be solved by looking deeper into what residents in places like Tameside and other parts of the country actually need to be happy and healthy.

That starts with making sure that everybody has access to both physical and mental health and social care, but it also must look at ending zero hour contracts and poverty wages, investing in businesses and jobs rooted in their communities, fixing our broken housing market, protecting our shared environment and putting our young people first.

If that sounds like a big ask, that’s because it is. But as a country, we have the resources to fulfil all of these ambitions and more if we truly put our mind to it.

It will be a profound tragedy and an unforgivable neglect if we do not seize this opportunity following the end of the pandemic to create an economy and a society that works for the people, and not the other way round. Let’s build back better, but more importantly than this, we must build back fairer.

Posted by: Executive Leader