Age UK comment on ONS stats on life expectancy
Published on 08 June 2011 05:00 PM
ONS statistics released today show that in 2007-9 men had a 68.4 per cent chance of surviving until the age of 75 and women had a 78.6 per cent chance of surviving until the age of 75. This is an increase from the 2003-5 figures which were 65.1 per cent and 76.5 per cent respectively.
In response to the figures, Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK said:
'It‘s good news that overall the probability of living up to the age of 75 continues to improve and more of us can expect to live longer lives than ever before.
'Disappointingly there remain considerable gaps in life expectancy across the country, with men in South Buckinghamshire almost 25 percentage points more likely to live to 75 than men in Manchester. These wide variations highlight the huge disparity in the general health of people living in different areas of the country.
'As the state pension rises to 66 by 2020, it is people living in poorer areas with lower life expectancies who will see their retirements cut short. With such wide gaps the Government should be extremely cautious about proposals for further increases to the State Pension Age and ensure that people with the poorest health and low life expectancy are not disadvantaged'
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