Join the club for FREE to access the whole archive and other member benefits.

Longevity gap differs greatly between the rich and poor areas of England


Key points from article :

Many areas in the north of England have seen life expectancy fall within the last decade.

Researchers described the trend as "alarming".

The study analysed all deaths in England between 2002 and 2019.

"Data show that longevity has been getting worse for years in large parts of England," - Majid Ezzati, co-researcher.

Life expectancy fell in some urban parts of Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool.

By 2019, the researchers say there was a 20-year gap in life expectancy between a woman living in Camden versus Leeds.

For men, there was a 27-year gap between Kensington and Chelsea compared with parts of Blackpool.

Average life expectancy in the UK is 79 years for men and just below 83 years for women, according to the ONS.

Differences are down to poverty, insecure employment as well as reductions in welfare support and healthcare.

Calling on the government to increase investments in public health in areas with lower life expectancy.

Study by ICL published in The Lancet Public Health.

Report finds alarming fall in life expectancy even before COVID pandemic - calls for better policies

Mentioned in this article:

Tap on icon for description, click on resource name for more details.


Public research university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research


Professor of Global Environmental Health at Imperial College London.


The UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.


Journal providing information on public health research.