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Life expectancy figures rise again

Life expectancy for men and women continues to rise, according to figures.

Babies born from 2010 to 2012 can now expect to live to 79 if they are boys and 82.8 if they are girls.

This is up on the last figures, calculated for babies born from 2009 to 2011, of 78.7 for boys and 82.6 for girls.

The new data, which covers England and Wales, also shows that the gap between life expectancy at birth between boys and girls has narrowed from six years in 1980-82 to under four years in 2010-12.

Over the last 30 years life expectancy at birth for boys and girls has increased by four hours per day for females and six hours per day for males, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed.

A regional breakdown reveals that, between 2010 and 2012, male life expectancy at birth was highest in east Dorset (82.9 years) and lowest in Blackpool (74).

On average, life expectancy at birth increased across all local areas in England and Wales by 1.3 years for males and one year for females between 2006-08 and 2010-12.

Life expectancy at 65 was highest for men in Harrow, north London, where they could expect to live for a further 20.9 years compared with 15.8 years for men in Manchester.

For women at age 65, life expectancy was highest in Camden, north London, (23.8 years) and lowest in Blaenau, Gwent (18.7).


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