Post-65 life expectancy for women in Blaenau Gwent is lowest in England and Wales
5:43pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
WOMEN aged 65 in Blaenau Gwent have the shortest remaining life expectancy in England and Wales, according to shock new figures.
Those reaching that age and living in the county borough can expect to live an average 18.7 years longer, 3.2 years less than women reaching 65 who live in neighbouring Monmouthshire.
And that 18.7 years - an unwanted statistic shared with Corby in Northamptonshire - is 5.1 years less than the highest post-65 life expectancy for women, which is 23.8 years in the London borough of Camden.
Out of 348 council areas in England and Wales, just three have post-65 life expectancy for women of less than 19 years.
The figures are included in a wide-ranging set of life expectancy figures for England and Wales for 2010-12, issued by the Office for National Statistics.
They are doubly worrying in that, while women aged 65 in Blaenau Gwent can expect to live one more year on average than the 17.7 years estimated during 2000-02, it is also a slower improvement than those registered in many other areas.
And while the outlook for this age group has traditionally been among the lowest in England and Wales, the 2010-12 figure is the worst yet.
The picture is little better for men aged 65 in Blaenau Gwent.
Based on the 2010-12 figures they can expect to live, on average, another 16.5 years. That is two years more than 2000-02, but is the fourth lowest post-65 life expectancy among men in England and Wales.
That is the lowest in Wales, 2.9 years less than that for Ceredigion, and 4.4 years less than the highest for England and Wales, which is the London borough of Harrow.
Post-65 life expectancy is a measure that illustrates the long term effects on the population of an area such as Blaenau Gwent of a legacy of ill health caused by poor working conditions in coal, steel and other heavy industries.
But many other parts of Wales have lower than average life expectancies, both from birth and post-65.
Eight of Wales' 22 council areas are ranked in the bottom 50 in England and Wales for post-65 life expectancy for both men and women.
In Gwent, joining Blaenau Gwent in that bottom 50 for women are Caerphilly and Torfaen. Among men, the bottom 50 in England and Wales also includes Caerphilly, Torfaen and Newport.
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