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Lack of planning guidance prevents access to walking and cycling facilities

A man and a woman riding bikes along a canal path

Professor Sir Michael Marmot and seven other health and planning experts have written to the Housing Secretary calling on him not to ignore health inequality in the Levelling Up Bill. 

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill must include specific objectives that require authorities to put health and well-being at the centre of their decision-making processes.

Where you live has a significant impact on your health.

For example, men in the most deprived areas of England have on average 18 fewer years in ‘good’ health than men living in the least deprived areas, while for women this is 20 years.

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill must address this and provide regulations to improve the places we live – creating healthier and happier lives.