Get the data: Spending on male health and wellbeing services

Only four Primary Care Trusts in London commissioned men’s services, the Bureau found.


In some parts of London men live up to 17 years less than in wealthier areas research by the Bureau can reveal. The investigation also found that in more deprived parts of the capital there was a large gap between male and female life expectancies, with women living up to 12 years longer than men.

Related article: In poor health – Shocking disparity across capital in male life expectancy rates 

The Bureau wanted to know if the shocking disparities were being addressed. To discover the extent of resources directed towards alleviating the disparities in male life expectancy across the capital, the Bureau sent out freedom of information requests to Greater London’s 32 Primary Care Trusts. We asked them to disclose how much they paid for services they commissioned outside the NHS broken down by gender.

The Bureau also asked councils for information relating to third sector services, which although not directly related to health are focused on wellbeing.

The results showed that only a handful of PCTs and councils commission services specifically targeted at men.

Related article: Why is men’s health suffering in London?

Primary Care Trusts
For those with gender-based services that replied, only four borough PCTs commissioned specifically men’s services (at a cost of £11,135,291), while 15 PCTs commissioned women’s services (at a cost of between £13,156,785 and £13,429,785).

Women’s health services received £1,775,766 to £2,048,766 more funding than men’s over the past five years.  There is a range because some PCTs would only disclose that an amount between two figures was spent, rather than a specific figure (eg £50,000 – £100,000).

Dan Taylor, London Coordinator for the campaign against living miserably, (CALM), said: ‘Services that specifically address men and resonate with their lives and empower them to get help are urgently needed. Women’s services are important – but the balance needs to be equal, with support services that men can buy into getting their funding increased and matched to women’s services. This may require a rethink about how such services are developed and branded in the first place.’

The results are shown below:
Borough Women cost (past 5 years) Men cost (past 5 years) Difference
Barking and Dagenham

84,000 – 200,000

0

84-200,000

Barnet

0

0

0

Bexley

0

0

0

Brent

3,453,728

0

3,453,728

Bromley

0

0

Camden

465,555

0

465,555

Croydon

 0

 0

0

Ealing

1,703,580

120245

1,583,335

Enfield

 0

 0

0

Greenwich

10,000

0

10,000

Hackney

 0

0

0

Hammersmith & Fulham

857038

 0

857,038

Haringey

53,774

0

53,774

Harrow

19728

0

19,728

Havering

42,000 -100,000

0

42000-100000

Hillingdon

0

0

0

Hounslow

 0

 0

0

Islington

 0

0

0

Kensington & Chelsea

52,154

0

52,154

Kingston

0

0

0

Lambeth

4,500,000

5,500,000

-1,000,000

Lewisham

0

0

0

Merton

0

0

0

Newham

 0

0

0

Redbridge

0

0

0

Richmond

0

0

0

Southwark

474668

5242568

-4,767,900

Sutton

0

0

0

Tower Hamlets

 0

0

0

Waltham Forest

801000-900000

0

801000-900000

Wandsworth

216000

0

216,000

Westminster

423560

272478

151,082

 

Councils
The Bureau also asked all local councils in London to disclose how much they had spent on third sector men’s and women’s services in the last five years, for example, in grants to charities or voluntary groups.

Of the councils that provided a response, the Bureau found that three times more was spent on services aimed at or predominantly used by women (£20,111,866.20), than men (£6,022,289.62). There is such a big discrepancy, in part because many of the services that target women are aimed at children or older residents, who are generally cared for by women. Services helping victims of domestic violence are also predominately aimed at women. However, the huge discrepancy, and total lack of funding of male services in many boroughs is noteworthy.

The results are shown below:

Borough

Council male funding

Council female funding

Barking and Dagenham

175,000

4,972,313.50

Barnet

0

0

Bexley

awaiting

awaiting

Brent

0

0

Bromley

0

2132632

Camden

0

0

Croydon

0

304,117.37

Ealing

0

0

Enfield

0

657705

Greenwich

0

0

Hackney

June 1

1

Hammersmith & Fulham

282970

2,282,022

Haringey

0

0

Harrow

31,620

50,232

Havering

0

101,789

Hillingdon

0

1,435,000

Hounslow

0

0

Islington

0

3,753,875.58

Kensington & Chelsea

0

0

Kingston

3650

0

Lambeth

0

0

Lewisham

0

0

Merton

0

4,141

Newham

0

0

Redbridge

0

0

Richmond

0

1,187,435

Southwark

0

0

Sutton

0

0

Tower Hamlets

122,250

362,213

Waltham Forest

0

560,405

Wandsworth

2,108,604.67

366,100.67

Westminster

3,298,194.95

1,941,885.08

TOTAL

£6,022,289.62

£20,111,866.20


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