Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Thursday 4th September 7pm

Members Training Session – Sutton’s Health and Wellbeing:Patterns and Meeting Needs

I attended this excellent members training session looking at the health patterns in Sutton and discussing the factors that affect people’s health. We were asked to consider what we thought were the main contributory factors to ill health. Whilst the obvious ones such as poor diet & smoking were easily identified, what perhaps was more surprising was the significance of housing on health. This is of particular interest to us as councillors as it is something the Council can have a direct influence on through our social housing stock. We were presented with maps identifying the areas with the most incidences of heart disease, obesity and other health problems. The highest incidences of these health issues coincided quite plainly with the more deprived areas in the borough – most significantly Roundshaw and St. Helier. Whilst we learnt that in general terms the health of people in Sutton is significantly better then the England average, it was still observed that men living in the more deprived areas have a life expectancy six years less than men living in the more affluent areas such as Cheam.

This information was particularly relevant for health scrutiny as we are to consider both the regeneration of substandard sheltered housing stock when we look at the Elizabeth House scheme, and also GP provision across the borough.

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September 13, 2008 - Posted by | Meeting

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