The UK has the opportunity to make another ‘giant leap’ forward; to achieve this, the government will need to address growing levels of ‘health risk’ faced by children. Any progress would be good for health, business and the economy.
A recent increase in ambition, as shown by government's 'obesity strategy' announcement in July 2020, is good, but we must still go further and faster. In particular, we need to:
- expand ambition from obesity to all health issues
- tackle the link between childhood health and issues like marginalisation, poverty and deprivation
- ensure we are using the full range of levers offered by a collective approach.
This report outlines what we call a ‘whole society’ approach, designed to make these gains.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.