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London tops unhealthy table

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A league table that places six London boroughs in the top 10 unhealthiest places to live in England is being cited as proof of the unfairness of the local government funding settlement.

London Councils’ director of local government finance Stephen Lord said the “disappointing” increase in revenue support grant would hinder improvements to public health in the boroughs that were given poor marks by marketing firms CACI and TNS.

Tower Hamlets topped the list of primary care trusts (PCTs) with the highest proportion of residents likely to fall ill because of unhealthy lifestyles and poverty. It was followed by Southwark PCT, and City & Hackney PCT in third.

Mr Lord said that the figures, which use a range of indicators like smoking, obesity, poor diet and housing, were an indicator of the level of “deprivational poverty” in London.

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