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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner…

Life expectancy in parts of London is up to three-and-a-half years lower than had been thought, official figures revealed last month. Over 20 authorities across the country saw the life expectancy of their inhabitants change by at least one year when final figures were released by the Office for National Statistics and the Government Actuary’s Department. The alterations, much higher than those that are usually thrown up by the annual figures, have been prompted by the 2001 population census results.

The biggest losers are mostly inner London authorities, with Camden, Haringey, Islington, and Lambeth all expected to see between one and two years knocked off their residents’ life expectancies. Westminster sees the largest fall, of around three-and-a-half years, to 76 for men and 81 for women.

Manchester, which has had the lowest expectancy for many years, also fell – and become the only authority where male life expectancy is below 70. The national figure for England and Wales is expected to remain broadly unchanged at 75.75 for men and 80.5 for women.

There is an excellent presentation of the emerging results of the census at www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/default.asp.