Magazine article Public Finance

Numbers Game

Magazine article Public Finance

Numbers Game

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New life expectancy figures brought into sharp focus the policy challenges posed by the UK's rapidly ageing population.

Office for National Statistics data shows that in the capital particularly, life expectancy has increased at a faster pace than anywhere else. A baby boy born in London today can now expect to live almost seven years longer than if he had been born at the start of the 1990s. A baby boy in the Northeast can expect to live more than six years longer.

Baby girls in both regions can expect to live for more than four years longer than was the case 20 years ago.

'In general, life expectancy increased at a faster pace in London, the Northeast, Northwest and the Midlands than in any of the other southern regions,' the ONS said.

'This meant that, for baby boys and girls, the gap in life expectancy between the regions with the highest and lowest figures has reduced.'

Meanwhile, the ONS's annual survey of hours and earnings highlighted the squeeze on pay. …

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