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Release: Health Inequalities, Trends in All-cause Mortality by NS-SEC for English Regions and Wales, 2001-03 to 2008-10

Released: 24 May 2013


Llio Owen

Health Analysis

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455314

Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Health Inequalities, Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • In England and Wales, there were statistically significant decreases in all-cause mortality rates for men across all socio-economic classes between 2001–03 and 2008–10.

  • For females, there were only small changes in mortality rates across socio-economic classes over the decade; the rates of death were statistically significantly lower for most classes in 2008–10 compared with 2001–03, other than the Intermediate and Semi-routine classes, where rates remained constant.

  • The absolute inequality in mortality between the Higher Managerial and Professional class (most advantaged) and the Routine class (least advantaged) narrowed over time, but the relative inequality increased, for both sexes.

  • Across the regions, the North West had the highest mortality rates in almost all classes for both sexes for the majority of the 2001–03 to 2008–10 period.

  • Conversely, the South East and East regions had the lowest mortality rates in most of the classes for both sexes for the majority of the period.

  • Compared with 2001–03, male mortality rates in 2008–10 were lower in most socio-economic classes across the English regions and Wales; only the Intermediate class in the East region remained constant.

  • In females, mortality decreased between 2001–03 and 2008–10 in all classes in only London and the South West.  Increases in mortality were observed in the Intermediate; Lower Supervisory and Technical; and the Semi-routine classes in several regions.

  • The absolute inequality between the most and least advantaged men generally decreased across most English regions between 2001-03 and 2008-10. For women, the inequality decreased in some regions but showed an increase in others.

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This release presents trends in estimates of mortality rates for males and females of working age in English regions and Wales, from 2001-03 to 2008-10, calculated using population denominators derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The analysis is based on the seven class reduced National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC).

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