Life expectancy trends revealed

The Lancet's life expectancy map.
The Lancet's life expectancy map.
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Average life expectancy for women in England and Wales could be approaching 90 by 2030, a new study has found.

Men are also set to live longer than official estimates predict as the historic gender gap narrows.

The study, based on Office for National Statistics data combined with advanced mathematical modelling, suggests that average life expectancy for women will rise from 83.3 in 2012 to 87.6 in 2030.

For men, it is predicted to increase from 79.5 to 85.7 over the same period.

Locally the life expectancy for men is 79.37 for men in the Lancaster district, and 83.46 for women.

But the upward trend masks significant regional differences, the research shows.

By 2030, people in affluent southern England and well-off districts of London are expected to be living more than eight years longer than those in northern urban centres such as Blackpool and Liverpool.