10 / 05 / 22
Life expectancy trends across the country
Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that life expectancy has increased across the UK in the last four decades. However, there are differences between different regions and the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted progress. In this informative article, we’ll delve deeper into the data to provide an up-to-date picture of current trends in the UK.
Life expectancy in the UK
Statistics from 2020 suggest that life expectancy in the UK was 79.0 years for males and 82.9 years for females. By nation, life expectancy is highest in England (79.3 years for males and 83.1 years for females). The figures are lowest in Scotland (76.8 years for males and 81.0 years for females). The modal age, the most common age at which people die, was 86.7 years for males and 89.3 years for females (source).
In addition to variations between UK nations, there are significant differences in life expectancy estimates in different regions of England. The latest data shows that people living in the South East (80.6 years) are expected to live more than three years longer than those from the North East (77.6 years). Regions located in the South have higher figures than northern regions and the Midlands (source).
The Covid-19 effect
Before Covid-19 hit in March 2020, life expectancy had been increasing steadily. In 2020, more deaths were recorded than in previous years, which put a dent in progress and led to a decline in life expectancy. Estimates for 2020/2021 were similar to numbers recorded in 2012 to 2014 in males. In females, there was a much smaller difference and life expectancy was similar to 2015-2017. Despite the decrease in life expectancy during the pandemic, statisticians believe that numbers could start to increase again once the crisis has ended, as current estimates are based on abnormally high death rates.
Why are life expectancy figures important?
Life expectancy figures provide an estimate of how long people are expected to live based on data and trends. There are variations and anomalies, and many people die before the age of 80 or 83 years old. However, interpreting trends can help to inform decision and policy-making, monitor progress and highlight areas for improvement.
Planning for the future
The pandemic has got many of us thinking about the future, and it’s never too early to start making plans. Nobody wants to dwell on the fact that they will no longer be here one day, but it’s wise to be proactive and to think about providing peace of mind for family members and partners by looking into a prepaid funeral plan and letting loved ones know if you have requests or wishes. It’s also important to ensure that you have a will. If you’d like to make plans, but you don’t know where to go, contact Prosperous Life to speak to an experienced funeral plan manager.