Long-term rise in life expectancy comes to a halt

Growth in life expectancy in the UK has come to a halt, new figures show.

A girl born between 2015 and 2017 is expected to live until 82.9 years old – no change on the previous figure for 2014-16, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The figure for baby boys born in 2015-17 is also unchanged, at 79.2 years.

Life expectancy in some parts of the UK has actually decreased.

For males and females in Scotland and Wales it has declined by 0.1 years, while males in Northern Ireland have seen a similar fall.

For females in Northern Ireland, and for males and females in England, life expectancy at birth is unchanged.

Sophie Sanders, of the ONS Centre for Ageing and Demography, said the figures represented “the lowest improvements in life expectancy since the start of the series in 1980 to 1982”.

“This slowing in improvements is reflected in the chances of surviving to age 90 years from birth, which has also seen virtually no improvement since 2012 to 2014,” she added.

Life expectancy in the UK remains lower than in many other comparable countries internationally, the ONS also found.

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