Life expectancy in Liverpool drops again in early 2021
The life expectancy of people in Liverpool continued to fall during the first part of 2021.
Data published by Liverpool Council earlier this year had already shown that life expectancy in the city had dropped between 2019 and 2020 due to the pandemic.
Now, preliminary data from the first four months of 2021 suggests that fall continued, with the average life expectancy in the city standing at 76.4 years as of April this year.
That is a drop from its peak of in 2019, with life expectancy in Liverpool standing at a level last seen in 2006 and with the gap between Liverpool and England having widened.
Analysis by the council continues to suggest that the city’s most deprived communities have borne the brunt of the fall in life expectancy.
In a report to the council’s health and wellbeing board, Liverpool’s 30 wards have been separated into five groups or “quintiles” according to their levels of deprivation.
Analysis of the data indicates that the lower quintiles, where deprivation is higher, have seen higher falls in life expectancy.
The report said: “All areas of Liverpool have seen a reduction in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020 but our more deprived communities have been hit hardest.
“Our most deprived quintile now has a life expectancy of 73.5 years, although the life expectancy gap with the least deprived quintile has remained static at 8.8 years.
“Quintiles 2 and 3 have seen the largest reductions in life expectancy of 3.0 and 3.3 years respectively, and a dramatic widening of the life expectancy gap between these communities and the least deprived quintile.”
Liverpool Council’s health and wellbeing board will discuss the findings of the report on Wednesday.
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