Life expectancy is on the way up

Lynn Donkin
Lynn Donkin
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Blackpool has improved its life expectancy by up to three and a half years – but the town still has the worst rates in the North West.

Baby boys born between 2010 and 2012 are expected to live until they are 74 years old. Girls born in the same year should live until the age of 80, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

For men it is an increase from 71.7 in 2002, and for women the increase is two and a half years from 78.4 10 years go.

But nationally, men are expected to live until the age of 79, and women should live to be 83 years old, meaning Blackpool is still lagging well behind.

In the North West men should reach 78 and women 81, but Blackpool fares bottom of the life expectancy table – two and a half years behind Blackburn for men and half a year behind Halton for women.

But despite being at the foot of the table, health chiefs in Blackpool say a lot is being done in the town to boost our figures.

Public health specialist Lynn Donkin (pictured) said: “Life expectancy for men in Blackpool has improved from 73.8 for 2009 to 2011 to 74.0 for 2010 to 2012, and for women has remained at 80 years.

“While this remains lower than the national average of 78.9 for men and 82.7 for women, the overall trend in recent years shows life expectancy in the town to be increasing.

“The Health and Wellbeing Board has a developed a comprehensive strategy and is working on a series of action plans to improve health, wellbeing and life expectancy amongst the people of Blackpool.”

Blackpool Council has a number of plans aimed at reducing alcohol and drug abuse in the town as well as the number of smokers and teen pregnancies, which is expected to have an impact on life expectancy figures. Nationally, the North West is the worst region in the country for its life expectancy figures, closely followed by the North East.