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Report reveals poor die young

Issue No. 2212

People living in England’s poorest areas are twice as likely to die before retirement age as those living in the richest, a new study shows.

Researchers at the universities of Sheffield and Bristol found that health inequality is worse now than during the Great Depression in the 1930s.

They discovered that today, for every 100 people dying under the age of 65 in the best-off areas, 199 were dying in the poorest areas.

Politicians often say pensions need to be cut as “we’re all living longer”—this rosy picture doesn’t quite fit with reality.

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Tue 27 Jul 2010, 17:54 BST
Issue No. 2212
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