Shocking figures reveal stark reality of inequality in Leeds - YEP Comment

It is a startling reality of life in Leeds that more than a third of primary school children now live in the city’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 6:00 am
The impact of this is profound and far-reaching on their young lives. Pic: AdobeStock

The impact of this is profound and far-reaching on their young lives.

Repeatedly this newspaper has warned that Covid has turned the spotlight on to the stark inequalities that already exist in society.

And Covid has only widened the gap that was already there when it comes to health outcomes.

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It is shocking to think that a woman living in Adel and Wharfedale is going to live 14 years longer than her counterpart in Burmantofts and Richmond Hill.

These are not just statistics - the cold reality is ultimately these are peoples’ lives.

And unless we finally get a grip of this issue it will continue to place a higher demand on our city’s healthcare services.

Leeds and the people who are proud to call it their home deserve so much better.

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