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Why are more Scouse women dying younger in 2018? Life expectancy decreased across Merseyside; Life expectancy decreased across Merseyside.

Byline: Sophie McCoid

Shocking figures have revealed that more Scouse women are dying younger, as life expectancy has been slashed over the past three years.

The life expectancy rate for women steadily increased from 78.9 years in 2001-2003 to 81.5 years in 2011-2013.

But between 2015-2017 life expectancy dropped to 81.2 years, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

For women, life expectancy at birth in Liverpool has seen a decrease from 80.4 years to 80.2 years, St Helens has dropped from 81.4 years in 2012-2014, to 80.9 years in 2015-2017 and Wirral has seen a drop from 82.1 years to 81.8 years.

Speaking about the figures MP Dan Carden laid the blame atausterity's door.

Dan Carden, MP for Liverpool Walton, said: "These shocking figures are just the latest damning indictment of this government's harmful austerity agenda, which hits the most deprived communities the very hardest.

"Liverpool has had its funding slashed by a staggering 64% since 2010, and the fact that life expectancy is now going backwards in the city is a stark reminder that cuts cost lives.

"We know that austerity disproportionately affects women who have borne the brunt of the government's cuts to public services.

"The unjust policies of the last eight years must be reversed so that we can build a society that works for everyone."

When it comes to how long you can expect to live in good health,three local authorities in Merseyside have seen drops in recent years for men, and two have seen drops for women.

For women,healthy life expectancyat birth in St Helens has dropped from 61.6 years in 2012-2014, to 58.4 years in 2015-2017, while Sefton has seen a drop from 63.2 years to 61.5 years.

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CEO of The Women's Organisation, Maggie O'Carroll said: "Whilst these findings are shocking, they are sadly unsurprising as there is a clear and inextricable link between poverty and ill--health and life expectancy.

"A decline in life expectancy for women has come during a time when austerity policies have been vigorously pursued and changes to the welfare system -- such as universal credit, cuts to services, insecure employment, loss of public-sector jobs and general gender-blind policies -- have disproportionately and negatively impacted women, their well-being, quality of life and overall health.

"There is a need to recognise this and develop polices and investment into approaches that will reverse this alarming trend."

However, men in Liverpool have seen healthy life expectancy rise from 57.7 years to 59.3 years, while for women, it was up from 59.2 years to 59.6 years.

But in St Helens, healthy life expectancy at birth for men has dropped from 60.2 years in 2012-2014, to 57.9 years in 2015-2017, while Wirral has seen a drop from 60.3 years to 59.8 years.

Male life expectancy in Merseyside has increased as a whole from 74.1 years in 2001-2003 to 77.5 years in 2015-2017.

However, some parts of Merseyside still saw drops in life expectancies for men.

In Liverpool, life expectancy at birth for men has dropped from 76.3 years in 2012-2014, to 76.1 years in 2015-2017, while Knowsley has seen a drop from 76.8 years to 76.7 years.

The UK as a whole is seeing a similar pattern of stalling life expectancy.

In 2015-2017, men in the UK had a life expectancy of 79.2 years at birth while women had a life expectancy of 82.9 years.

Women'shealthy life expectancyat birth in the UK has decreased by three months since 2009-2011, when records began, while healthy life expectancy for men increased by five months over the same period.

Asim Butt, Senior Research Officer, Office for National Statistics, said: "Overall, across the UK, females can expect to live a greater number of years in poor health than males, partly because female healthy life expectancy has slightly fallen while male healthy life expectancy has increased.

"At birth males in the UK can expect to live 16.5 years with a disability and females 20.9 years.

"However, it is important to note that periods of ill-health may not be experienced during the same point in a person's life, and the majority of years lived with disability for most occur post-retirement age. For example, a person may be seriously unwell, but recover and remain healthy for a long period before becoming unwell again."


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Figures show life expectancy has dropped in Liverpool

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Life expectancy figures reveal women are dying younger
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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Dec 23, 2018
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