This page contains data on health inequalities at England and local level.
The Health Inequalities Dashboard and Segment Tool are both interactive web tools which can be accessed via the links below. Some additional data and resources are also provided on this page.
The Health Inequalities Dashboard provides information to monitor progress on reducing inequalities within England. It presents measures of inequality for 18 key indicators, each drawn from the Public Health Outcomes Framework. The dashboard measures trends in each indicator since a baseline period, with longer term data provided where these are available.
Access the Health Inequalities Dashboard here
The Segment Tool provides information on the causes of death and age groups that are driving inequalities in life expectancy at local area level. Targeting the causes of death and age groups which contribute most to the life expectancy gap should have the biggest impact on reducing inequalities.
Access the Segment Tool here
To provide further understanding of local authority trends in life expectancy, an Excel file comparing current estimates with a range of earlier time periods has been produced. This file also highlights that current life expectancy in some areas is still lower than the average life expectancy in England 10, 15 and 20 years ago, and can be downloaded here.
To provide further understanding of geographic inequalities in life expectancy, and some of the other indicators in the Health Inequalities Dashboard, a set of maps has also been produced. The PowerPoint file can be downloaded here.
The Health Inequalities Dashboard was updated in March 2020. The following changes were made:
An additional resources section was also added to the page in March containing further information on inequalities in life expectancy and other indicators.
The Segment Tool was updated in January 2020. The following changes were made to the tool:
This page was created in May 2019 to host the Health Inequalities Dashboard and Segment Tool. Both tools were updated at the same time.
The following changes have been made to the Health Inequalities Dashboard since the previous update in September 2018:
The tool has been renamed ‘Health Inequalities Dashboard’
The grouping of the indicators into domains has been revised for consistency with the Public Health Outcomes Framework
All of the 18 indicators have been updated with latest inequality data at England level
Region and local authority level data have been added for 17 of the 18 indicators (all indicators except proportion of 5 year old children with dental decay)
Inequality data at region and local authority level have been added for 4 of the 18 indicators. It is planned that more local level inequality data will be added to the tool over time
The following changes have been made to the Segment Tool since the previous update in May 2016:
The tool has been redeveloped as an interactive web tool (using R shiny software), replacing the previous Excel based tool and pdf reports
Data has been updated to 2015-17
The methodology used to calculate the contributions of causes of death to life expectancy gaps has been revised for consistency with analysis presented in the Health Profile for England inequalities chapter
The detailed cause of death groups have been revised for consistency with the Health Profile for England analysis
The contribution of specific age groups to life expectancy gaps have been added
The methodology changes mean that the latest version of the Segment Tool is not comparable with previous versions of the tool, so older versions have been removed from the website.