Life Expectancy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of (a) low paid and (b) insecure work on life expectancy.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 03 March 2020

Health is good for work and work is good for health. We have taken a range of actions to help families keep more of what they earn including the recent announcement that on 1 April we will increase the National Living Wage for over 25s by 6.2% to £8.72. The Department for Work and Pensions is building a clearer picture of how people in low pay progress in work and what we can do to support them, so that everyone, at whatever life stage, can improve their employment outcomes.

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