Category: Life Insurance

Areas where people are expected to live the longest revealed by ONS report

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Boys born in the South of England 'live eight years longer' than those born in the North, according to figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Independent reported that the ONS study identified a contrast between life expectancy in the North and South of England, with overall life expectancy higher in the South than in the North or the Midlands.

Babies in the South­East were expected to live the longest, with life expectancy at 80.4 years for males and 84.1 years for females.

Conversely, they were lowest in the North­West for males (78 years) and in the North-East for females (81.7 years).

However, the ONS said life expectancy is continuing to increase at a faster pace in the northern regions and in London than the other southern regions.

It said one possible explanation for this could be the varying rate of decrease in deaths from avoidable causes across English regions.

The report added: "Since 2001, the greatest reduction in deaths rates for potentially avoidable causes such as certain cancers, respiratory and heart disease have been seen in the North-East, North-West and London."

Simon Bottery, director of policy at the charity Independent Age, said the figures show that while the population is living longer lives, the health inequality gap is widening.

He said: “There are clear variations between different areas of the country, with higher life expectancy in the South and lower life expectancy in North.

“While there are a range of reasons for such regional variations, this continued increase in health inequalities must be addressed. Sufficient services and resources should be made available to support older people's health and social care needs in local areas most at risk.”


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