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Life Expectancy

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 180983, tabled on 14 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of average life expectancy for a person living in (a) Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) the UK.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

27 April 2021

While life expectancy at birth in 2017-19 was the highest ever observed in the United Kingdom, improvements in life expectancy have slowed since 2011. Generally, trends in South Yorkshire and Barnsley life expectancy trends have followed similar patterns to the UK.

In Barnsley, the average male life expectancy has slightly decreased from 78.2 years in 2014-16 to 77.8 years in 2017-19. The average female life expectancy has also slightly decreased from 81.9 years in 2014-16 to 81.8 years in 2017-19. In South Yorkshire, the average male life expectancy has increased slightly from 78.4 years in 2014-16 to 78.5 years in 2017-19 and the average female life expectancy has remained at 82 years between the same period. In the UK, the average male life expectancy increased from 79.2 years to 79.4 years between 2014-16 and 2017-2019 and the average female life expectancy also increased from 82.9 years to 83.1 years between the same period.

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