Life expectancy gap between rich and poor widens

The life expectancy gap between England’s richest and poorest neighbourhoods has widened since 2001, a report says. On average, a boy born in one of the most affluent areas will outlive one born in one of the poorest by 8.4 years. That was up from 7.2 years in 2001, the Longevity Science Panel (LSP) found. The government said it was tackling the issue, and added cancer survival rates were “at an all-time high”. The LSP report said the results were concerning and required further investigation to understand the causes. But its authors said income inequality was the biggest factor. Read more.

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