The Health Foundation: Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK: stalling progress

Author Helen Mthiyane
Posted 2019.11.22

The Health Foundation: Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK: stalling progress

Louise Marshall, David Finch, Liz Cairncross & Jo Bibby


This analysis of mortality data explores the reasons behind stalling life expectancy improvements in the UK, and shows that while people in wealthier areas of the UK continue to live longer, for those living in the most deprived areas, life expectancy is stalling, or even reversing.

Key Points:

  • Since 2011 improvements in life expectancy in the UK have stalled, and for certain groups of the population, gone into reverse.
  • This report presents new analysis of mortality data, exploring what has happened, who is affected and what is driving current trends.
  • The analysis uncovers worrying trends, including a rising number of avoidable deaths among the under 50s and a widening gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest.
  • There is no single cause of the slowdown, and no single solution: instead actions must be taken on the wider factors that shape the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.


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