• Maps lay bare the gap in life expectancy in different areas of England and Wales
  • People richest areas can expect to live longer in good health than poorer ones
  • Figures show poor areas with low life expectancy can be cheek by jowl with rich

Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline

The sheer difference in how long Britons can expect to live depending on where they live has today been laid bare.

The Office for National Statistics has produced a series of interactive maps which drill down to tell what the average life expectancy is for different wards across the country.

It shows that people living in the richest boroughs can expect to live longer than Britons living in poorer neighbourhoods.

Men living in the Warfield Harvest Ride in the affluent county of Berkshire can expect to live to 90.3 years.

This is on average 22.1 years longer than men in Bloomfield in Blackpool – the second most deprived ward in England – who only live until they are 68.2 years.

Meanwhile, men in the wealthy area of Knightsbridge and Belgravia are expected to live more than 30 years longer in good health than men in Bloomfield.

To use the below map you can click on ‘male’ ‘female’ ‘at birth’ ‘at 65’ ‘life expectancy’ and ‘healthy life expectancy’ to discover how long people in an area can expect to live.

You can also input your postcode or clock on a location on the map to pick what borough ward to pick the figures for.

The map will then bring up the average life expectancy for that area, and what the healthy life inequality gap is in years.

The numbers suggest that men in Knightsbridge and Belgravia would only start seeing a sharp decline in their health once they hit 79.

Whereas in Bloomfield in Blackpool, health problems would kick in when men hit on average 47 years-old.

What are the top five areas for life expectancy?

For men:

  1. Warfield harvest Ride (90.3 years)
  2. Fleet North (89.7 years)
  3. Easton (89.6 years)
  4. Newton Popplefield and Harpford (89.4years) 
  5. Salcey (89.3 years) 

For women:

  1.  Great Corby and Geltside (97.2 years)
  2.  Dullingham Villages (97 years)
  3. Wimbish and Debden (96.5 years)
  4. Laverstock / Ford and Old Sarum (96.3 years)
  5.  Oakham South East (95.7 years)


Meanwhile, women in the richest areas can expect to live up to 35 years longer in good health compared to deprived boroughs.

The starkest divide is shown by the contrasting the healthy life rates between women living in Middlehaven of Middlesbrough and the leafy area of Blackheath is south east London.

In Middlehaven, women can only expect to be fully healthy until they hit 47.6 years when health troubles set in.

In contrast, in Blackheath the healthy life expectancy rate is 83 years-old.

While women living in Great Corby and Geltside in Carlisle have the highest life expectancy, at 97.2 years.

In contrast, women born in Gwersyllt West in Wrexham – one of the most deprive boroughs in Wales – have the lowest life expectancy at 72.6 years.

The numbers look at the life expectancy and health outcomes for Britons between 2009 and 2013 – the most recent figures.

Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Public Health, laid the blame for the gap at the feet of the Tory Government.

She said it is the result of the party’s decision to pursue a domestic policy of austerity since 2010.

She said: : ‘The growing gulf of health inequalities between rich and poor exposes the terrible effects of the policies pursued by this Government.

‘It’s just astonishing that this decade has seen a slowdown in improvements in life expectancy – an appalling consequence of this Government’s failure to improve the chances of the worst-off – as years of underfunding in health and social care take their toll.

‘The next Labour Government will ensure our health and care system is properly funded so all children are given the best possible start in life, and older people are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.’  

It comes a week after figures were released showing that the life expectancy gap between the richest and poorest in England has grown to almost 10 years.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows the wealthiest men born in England between 2014 and 2016 could expect to live 9.3 years longer than the poorest.

The life expectancy gap is lower for women at 7.3 years, the figures show.

Welsh people have slightly lower gaps in life expectancy at 8.9 years and 7.3 years for men and women. 

Mail Online has contacted the Department of Health for a response to the figures.  

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