Slough Healthy Life Expectancy lowest in the South East
New figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday show that Healthy Life Expectancy is significantly lower in Slough than neighbouring areas.
Life Expectancy and Healthy Life Expectancy in Slough are the lowest in the South-East.
The ONS says that as life expectancy continues to increase it is important to measure what proportion of these additional years of life are being spent in favourable states of health or in poor health and dependency. Healthy life expectancy (HLE) helps us to address this question by adding a dimension of quality of life to estimates of life expectancy.
Richmond upon Thames had the highest healthy life expectancy (HLE) of 70.3, against a Life Expectancy of 81.5. The lowest HLE was in Manchester at 55.0 years.
HLE estimates the average number of years a person would live in ‘Very good’ or ‘Good’ health if he or she experienced the specified population’s particular age-specific mortality and health status for that time period throughout the rest of his or her life.
Slough’s HLE is ten years less than Richmond at 60.9, putting it on a par with some of the most deprived areas of Britain.
Neighbouring local authorities Wokingham, Bucks, Surrey, Windsor & Maidenhead, West Berkshire, and Bracknell were all in the top ten.
Manchester had the lowest HLE for males, 15.3 years lower than Richmond upon Thames, at 55.0 years. The lowest HLE estimate for females was in Tower Hamlets at 54.1 years, 18.0 years lower than Richmond upon Thames.
The figures, based on data for 2009-2011, will increase pressure on Grundon to explain the source of air pollution levels up to 40 times target levels at its Energy from Waste plant in Colnbrook.