The gap between the life expectancy of the richest and poorest sectors of society in England is increasing, according to new research from Imperial College London. The research, published in the journal Lancet Public Health, also reveals that the life expectancy of England’s poorest women has fallen since 2011, in what researchers say is a ‘deeply worrying’ trend. The study analysed Office for National Statistics data on all deaths recorded in England between 2001 and 2016 – 7.65 million deaths in total. The results revealed the life expectancy gap between the most affluent and most deprived sectors of society increased from 6.1 years in 2001 to 7.9 years in 2016 for women, and from 9.0 to 9.7 years in men. The life expectancy of women in the most deprived communities in 2016 was 78.8 years, compared to 86.7 years in the most affluent group. For men, the life expectancy was 74.0 … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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