Ten-year disparity in life expectancy across England

According to new research from Imperial College London, poverty across England is causing a ten-year disparity in life-expectancy - and children growing up in the poorest homes are 2.5 times more likely to die at an earlier age than those growing up in wealthier homes. The study examined Office for National Statistics data on deaths recorded in England between 2001 and 2016.

Professor Majid Ezzati, who led the study, said the findings were consistent with previous studies and a “deeply worrying indicator of the state of our nation’s health.” Professor Ezzati said: “Life expectancy inequality between affluent and deprived communities has increased steadily in England since the 1980s."

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