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Residents in post-industrial towns were more likely to die younger than those in the southeast [Image: Getty].

It isn’t that long since people were telling me life expectancy wasn’t dropping.

They said figures showed the increase in the age to which we could hope to live was slowing down.

Would anybody like to suggest that now?

Last April, The Independent reported that men could expect to live to 87, on average, and women to 89.

Now, the same newspaper is saying that, by 2041, the average age of death will be 83.4 for men and 86.2 for women.

That’s a major fall in life expectancy.

And – read the extract below – it’s all due to Conservative government policies. They are engineering early deaths for us all.

Life expectancy in some parts of the UK has plummeted, according to official figures.

By 2041, women will live to 86.2 years and men 83.4 years, projections by the Office for National Statistics showed – a decrease of almost a whole year compared to previous figures released in 2015.

An analysis of the data, conducted by Public Health England, found alarming disparities in longevity by local authority.

Danny Dorling, professor of human geography at the University of Oxford, said influenza, obesity, alcohol and smoking could largely be ruled out as contributory factors.

“The fall in life expectancy in several geographical areas of England is most likely a result of the effects of public service cuts and austerity,” he said. “Many other possibilities can be ruled out. Rates of smoking and drinking alcohol have fallen in recent years so that cannot be blamed. Between 2009 and very late 2017 there has been no serious influenza outbreak.

“A government that has chosen to make these cuts, and any of the organisations it directly sponsors, will understandably find this very hard to face up to.”

Source: Life expectancy in parts of the UK plummets by more than a year


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