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Busting Tory lies over workers’ life expectancy

Issue No. 2208

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show

  • Life expectancy for male manual workers now aged 65 has risen by just two and a half years since 1972
  • It has risen by just over a year for women
  • A 65 year old man living in Kensington and Chelsea can expect to live for another 23.1 years – until he’s over 88
  • But a 65 year old man living in Glasgow lives on average for just another 13.8 years – and will die before he reaches 79

Early death is linked to class and poverty

  • The Lancet medical journal published a report showing that people in Britain have a higher risk of early death than those in many other wealthy countries
  • The average age of death for women is similar to that in Slovenia and Albania due to high levels of inequality
  • The Marmot Review into health inequality in Britain found that more than three-quarters of the population experience significant illness by the age of 68

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Tue 29 Jun 2010, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2208
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