The statistics represent the lowest improvement in life expectancy since records began and puts Britain behind other leading economies. Public health experts have blamed care failings and cuts to social services, while the charity, Age UK, has described the findings as “deeply depressing” and called for extra investment into Britain’s care system.
“It’s fantastic to hear that so many of us are now living into our 90s in the UK but we must not forget that with an ageing population comes greater responsibility to cater for our older people living well into retirement. As the figures increase, Government must step up to ensure good social care, housing and health care remains a priority for older people – who all too often fall through the cracks.”
The annual change in life expectancy for 65 year olds in weeks for men and women between 1981- 83 and 2015 -2017
Report : National Life tables UK 2015 - 2017 :