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The headlines about the new Marmot austerity report are shocking. But the full details are worse

The report doesn't only detail the impact of austerity, but raises the prospect of long-term consequences far beyond what we have seen thus far

By Chaminda Jayanetti  

A Trussell Trust foodbank in Blawarthill Parish Church, Glasgow. Photo: PA

It did what people said it would do. “Austerity blamed for life expectancy stalling for first time in century” the Guardian headline rang out in response to Sir Michael Marmot’s review of his 2010 report into health inequalities.

No anti-austerity campaigner was surprised to find the ten-year slashing of public spending had taken its human toll, but it was useful to have it set out so clearly.

Marmot’s report sets out the evidence that socioeconomic status is closely…

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