Life expectancy gap falls in Kingston upon Thames

The gap in life expectancy between the most deprived and the most affluent parts of the borough have reduced significantly, according to national statistics released last week.

The research, produced by Public Health England, shows that the gap has moved from 5.8 to 4.8 years for men and from 3.7 to 2.9 years for women.

Councillor Julie Pickering, Lead Member for Health and Social Care said:

“These figures are encouraging and suggest that people living in more disadvantaged areas in Kingston are now achieving better health. Councils like Kingston now have a statutory responsibility for public health.

“It is our aim to do everything we can to encourage healthier lifestyles while focusing our support on those in our borough who need our help the most, especially the elderly and vulnerable. We welcome these latest findings but are clear that we still have work to do to make sure everyone in our community enjoy the best life chances possible.

“The profile also provides evidence of Kingston's generally excellent health outcomes with 20 of the 30 measures highlighted being significantly better than the national average. These include obesity in children and adults, physical activity, teenage pregnancies, drug use, alcohol related harm, smoking related deaths and overall life expectancy for both men and women.

“Importantly, Kingston also performs well in many of the underlying determinants of health such as academic achievement, violent crime and long term unemployment.”

Naz Jivani, Chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“Kingston CCG warmly welcomes the apparent progress highlighted by Public Health; and we are committed to working closely with RBK to reduce health inequalities further. We recognise that there is much more to be done and we look forward to building on this strong foundation in partnership with the Council and our stakeholders.”

Public Health England’s 2015 Health Profiles for local authorities contain a summary of information on the health of the people in local authorities factors that may influence their health. The profiles are available online at Public Health England.