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Release: Sub-national health expectancies, Inequality in Disability-Free Life Expectancy by Area Deprivation: England, 2003-06 and 2007-10

Released: 25 July 2013


Tim Gibbs

Disability and Health Measurement team

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456921

Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Disability and Self-reported Health, Health Expectancy, Subnational Health Expectancies

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

Survey name(s): Annual Population Survey (APS), Census, General Lifestyle Survey, Integrated Household Survey

  • From birth, the number of years lived without a limiting longstanding illness or disability (LLSI) decreased between 2003-06 and 2007-10 for males and females; the greatest decrease occurred in the most deprived areas.

  • Inequality in life expectancy (LE) and disability-free life expectancy (DFLE) between the least and most deprived areas in England grew between 2003-06 and 2007-10 for males and females at birth and at age 65.

  • At birth, males in the least deprived areas in 2007-10 could expect to live about 15 more years disability free than males in the most deprived areas, for females it is almost 13.5 years.

  • A greater increase in absolute inequality was seen for females than for males at birth and at age 65 between 2003-06 and 2007-10.

  • Due to increasing LE and decreasing DFLE between 2003-06 and 2007-10, men and women at age 65 in the most deprived areas could expect to live less than half of their remaining years disability free in 2007-10, down from more than half in 2003-06.

Estimates of health expectancy by administrative geography and area-based measures of deprivation, using a number of data sources including the census, national surveys, population estimates and death registrations over a range of time periods. These estimates are used to detect geographical inequalities in health expectancy and inequalities between relatively advantaged and disadvantaged populations, which support policy development and monitoring of ineqaulities over time.

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