Life Expectancy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th September 2021.

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Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what comparisons they have made of life expectancy in different communities in the UK; and what policy initiatives they have pursued as a result of such comparisons.

Photo of Lord Kamall Lord Kamall The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In England, life expectancy for men is 9.4 years lower for those in the most deprived areas compared to those in the least deprived areas. For women, it is 7.7 years lower for those in the most deprived areas compared to those in the least deprived areas.

To improve life expectancy and reduce disparities, we have undertaken prevention measures such as an updated obesity strategy, NHS Health Checks, a tobacco control plan and a diabetes prevention programme. The National Health Service also delivers national vaccination and screening programmes. Delivery of public health services is devolved to local authorities where resources are needed for their communities.

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