Health and prosperity

Think tank: IPPR

Author(s): Chris Thomas; Carsten Jung; Parth Patel; Harry Quilter-Pinner

April 27, 2022

This report from UK think tank IPPR introduces their new Commission on Health and Prosperity.

Covid-19 has been the most significant health shock in modern history. So far, the pandemic has cost 180,000 lives across the UK, and millions continue to experience ongoing disruption to their lives. In 2020, Covid-19 also caused the largest fall in economic growth in over 300 years. A return to the pre-pandemic status quo would be a grotesque injustice to all who have lost their lives and livelihoods. We should create better health – for its own sake, but also to address the biggest weaknesses in the UK economy. To harness the opportunity, IPPR is launching the Commission on Health and Prosperity. This commission will explore our fundamental hypothesis: that a fairer country is a healthier one, and that a healthier country is a more prosperous one.