Socio–economic is a measure that takes in to account a person, or a family’s, economic and social position relative to others, based on income, education, and occupation.
The County Council has a duty and a key role in reducing socio-economic inequality.
A report of the National Equality Panel showed that, while in recent years there have been some improvements, there are still inequalities. The panel considered how inequalities are related to people’s characteristics and circumstances such as gender, age or ethnicity. They found that there continued to be differences in employment rates and relative play between men and women, and between ethnic groups.
Our improvement plan focuses on improving health inequalities and inequalities specific to rural areas. For example it is known that gypsies and travellers face the highest health inequalities of any community so we will work, with health partners in Hampshire, to make it is easier for members of the travelling community to access appropriate services. Similarly staff from the Ethnic Minority & Travellers Service work closely with families to raise the formal education outcomes of children and young people, to increase their employment options and reduce the health gap linked to economic deprivation.