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Health Inequalities Commission

Inequalities in Oxfordshire

Overall, Oxfordshire is an affluent county with relatively low levels of deprivation. However, there is considerable variation across the county with some areas experiencing significant deprivation. Two small areas in Oxfordshire are among the 10% most deprived in England and a further 13 areas fall within the 10-20% most deprived in England.

People can experience inequalities due to a combination of factors, including their life circumstances and where they live. People experiencing inequalities generally live significantly fewer years than those with less disadvantaged circumstances or those living in more affluent areas. They also generally tend to experience poorer health. To research what Oxfordshire needs to do to reduce these health inequalities, a multi-agency Health Inequalities Commission is being convened.


What will the Commission do?

The Health Inequalities Commission in Oxfordshire has now convened to research what needs to be done in Oxfordshire to reduce health inequalities.

The Health Inequalities Commission will make recommendations for actions which could be taken to achieve sustainable reductions in health inequalities in the county. It will focus on how we can improve the delivery of health and social care functions to reduce health inequalities at all ages across the life-course. This will involve considering aspects of urban and rural living, the experiences of ethnic minority groups and of those populations living in situations of particular disadvantage such as homelessness and poor housing.

As part of the process of the Commission, evidence sessions will be held in public over the spring providing opportunities to explore certain issues in greater depth through oral evidence.

In addition, the Commission is calling for written responses, particularly from the public.

For information about how to submit evidence go here.


Who will be members of the Commission?

The Commission will be led by an independent Chair, Professor Sian Griffiths. A list of other members is available here.


Next Steps

It is expected the evidence, findings and recommendations will be presented in a report to the Oxfordshire Health & Well Being Board in autumn 2016. The report will then be available for organisations to use as a basis for ongoing actions.

If you have any queries about the Commission, or would like to receive the Commission Newsletter, please contact 01865 334652 or email

More information on health inequalities can be found via the following link to Sir Michael Marmot’s review ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’:



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