This article presents data on how deprivation affects life expectancy and health life expectancy at birth. It highlights a difference in life expectancy of around 9 years for males and 8 years for females between the most and least deprived deciles of society.
- In England, Scotland and Wales, life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at birth are lowest for people living in more deprived areas.
- On average, people in the most deprived 10% of local areas are expected to live a shorter life than those in the least deprived areas. They are also more likely to spend more of their life in poor health.
- Of these three countries, Scotland has the largest difference between people in the most deprived 10% of local areas and those in the least deprived. This is true both for healthy life expectancy (25 years for men and 21.5 years for women) and life expectancy (13.3 years for men and 10 years for women). It is followed by England and then Wales.
The Health Foundation: Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at birth by deprivation (6 January 2022) https://www.health.org.uk/evidence-hub/health-inequalities/life-expectancy-and-healthy-life-expectancy-at-birth-by-deprivation
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