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Healthy life expectancy determined by work, housing and income

The Office of National Statistics has published data today on healthy life expectancy. Commenting on the findings, Dr John Middleton, Vice President for Policy at the UK Faculty of Public Health, said:

"These figures are an important part of a bigger picture of data that tells us why some people live longer than others.  We know that healthy life expectancy is determined by our chances of being in a job, living in decent housing and having an adequate income.

“Clearly having a healthy lifestyle makes a big difference, but so does being in employment. There are also variations within towns and cities: parts of Manchester will have better results than others, and there may well be places near Richmond where people do not fare as well as these figures suggest.

“The kind of data that is published today may not be available in years to come: the Office of National Statistics is having to consider cutting programmes that measure this vital information. We need to keep monitoring as much as we can about our health so that we can continue to improve it. Otherwise the gaps between the ‘health haves’ and ‘health have nots’ will continue to get wider.”

Written: 18/09/2013 , last modified: 29/11/2013