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Men in England’s richest areas ‘now live 10 YEARS longer than those in the poorest’

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Men in England’s wealthiest areas now live 10 years longer than those in the poorest, an analysis finds.

A report from the King’s Fund showed that the life expectancy of men in Westminster increased from 77.3 years in 2001 to 2003, to 84.7 years in 2020.

But over the same period, men in Blackpool saw their life expectancy increase by just two years on average, from 72 to 74.1 years.

Veena Raleigh, who discovered the numbers and is a colleague at the think tank, said the regional disparities likely reflected the economic divide between North and South.

Ms Raleigh added: ‘The gap in life expectancy has widened. Reducing the gross health inequalities has never been a steeper mountain to climb.’

Improvements in life expectancy across England have stalled in recent years, with the hiatus attributed to poor flu seasons, fewer improvements in cardiovascular treatment, economic deprivation and Covid.

The findings underscore the mammoth task now facing Health Minister Sajid Javid, with No10 committed to ‘levelling’ the entire UK.

In Westminster (blue), life expectancy rose to 84.7 years for men in 2020, while in Blackpool (red) it was 74 years on the same date (shown above)

The report was based on an Office for National Statistics report on regional inequalities.  It revealed that between 2015 and 2017 and 2018 to 2020, the Southwest and Southeast were the areas where male life expectancy grew.

The report was based on an Office for National Statistics report on regional inequalities. It revealed that between 2015 and 2017 and 2018 to 2020, the Southwest and Southeast were the areas where male life expectancy grew.

The ONS report also found that women's life expectancy in the north of England fell in 2018 to 2020 compared to the previous reporting period.

The ONS report also found that women’s life expectancy in the north of England fell in 2018 to 2020 compared to the previous reporting period.

Men's life expectancy in Westminster was 84.7 years in 2020

But in poor Blackpool it was 74 years

Men’s life expectancy in Westminster was 84.7 years in 2020, but in poor Blackpool it was 74 years.

Why does the South have a higher life expectancy?

Official figures have repeatedly pointed out that the south of England has a higher life expectancy than the north.

The Office for National Statistics report found that men in the Southeast would live an average of 80.6 years from 2018 to 2020.

By comparison, in the North West – where the most deprived area of ​​the country of Blackpool is located – life expectancy for men over the same period was 77.9 years.

Veena Raleigh, a fellow with the King’s Fund, says the differences are likely a reflection of economic inequalities.

England’s life expectancy has stalled in recent years.

Ms Raleigh said this is likely due to a range of factors, including bad flu years, fewer improvements in cardiovascular treatments and economic deprivation – in addition to the Covid pandemic.

The King’s Fund analysis painted an equally bleak picture of female life expectancy, where the gap is now eight years between the most and least deprived areas of England.

Among women in Westminster, life expectancy was 82.3 years in 2003, before rising to 87.1 years in 2020.

But in Blackpool in 2003 it was 78.4 years and almost two decades later it was 79 years.

A comparison between the areas with the highest and lowest life expectancy among men twenty years ago and today shows a similar picture.

In 2001 to 2003, the largest gap among men was 8.2 years between Hart, in Hampshire, and Manchester, in the northwest.

But between 2018 and 2020, the biggest gap was 10.7 years between Westminster and Blackpool.

The data for the King’s Fund analysis comes from a report by the Office for National Statistics that looks at differences in life expectancy between regions.

It showed that between 2015 and 2020, male life expectancy grew in the Southeast and Southwest, but fell in every other region.

And among women, life expectancy grew in the same period only in the east of England, London, the south-east and the south-west.

Life expectancy growth in England has stalled over the past decade, figures show.

Between 2001 and 2020, it increased by 3.2 years in men and 2.4 years in women.

But only 0.3 years of this improvement occurred after 2010.

Mrs. Raleigh said, “These inequalities are institutionalized.

“They symbolize and are the product of wider socio-economic inequalities, with devastating consequences for individuals, their families and communities, and a waste of human and social capital.

“If the Secretary of State’s appeal that it is time for a higher level of health means anything, the OHID (Office for Health Improvement and Disparities) will have to use a multifocal lens to address the many and cross-cutting dimensions of inequality, the challenges were exacerbated by the decline in life expectancy to 2010 levels and the exacerbation of inequalities due to the Covid pandemic.”

Mr Javid used a recent keynote speech in Blackpool on ‘improving health’ to pledge to tackle ‘the disease of inequality’.

Boris Johnson said in his speech at the Conservative Party Conference last week that raising the level is “the biggest project a government can take on.”

The Prime Minister pledged that his team would “continue on our task of uniting and improving the United Kingdom”, making it his mission to solve the country’s “unbalanced society” to “promote opportunity with every tool.” that we have’.

The Ministry of Health said: “Covid has exposed fractures and inequalities within our health and care system, and in many places the pandemic has deepened them.

“This administration is committed to emerging from the pandemic and the new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will drive the mission to address health inequalities.”

The OHID opened early this month with the explicit aim of addressing health disparities across the country.

The analysis was based on the National Life Tables report from the Office for National Statistics and on the Life Expectancy Report for Local Areas published last month.

The figures have been published by the King’s Fund in a blog post.

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