Life expectancy in Salford is amongst the lowest in the UK according to a recent report.
Recent data shows that men in Salford can expect to live until they are 77.2 years old. For women it is 80.9 years old.
These numbers are worse than the average in the North West and England as a whole. The national life expectancy for men and women is 79.6 and 83.2 years respectively.
The Marmot Review, published earlier last week, suggests it’s “entirely plausible” that 10 years of austerity has seen life expectancy rates stall across the country.
First published in 2010, the Marmot Review looks at health inequality in England.
The 2020 version showed that there are “regional differences in life expectancy, particularly among people living in more deprived areas”.
The policy of austerity involves cuts to health, educational, and emergency services across the country.
Combined with an increased cost of living and increased house prices, much of the North West has economically suffered.
The number of Salford children living in poverty has risen by nearly 10%.
However, the review does give praise to Salford and the rest of the GMCA for their dedication to health services.
Many Salford and Greater Manchester officials have since spoken out about the review.
Councillor Richard Critchley, of Walkden South, repeated the idea that “Boris Johnson is told to take personal charge to reverse shocking fall in life expectancy for the UK’s poorest.”
Andy Burnham stated that “Over the last decade, the North has been levelled down, not levelled up.” Describing it as “devestating”, Burnham added that “This requires more than promises.”
Unlimited Potential, a local enterprise committed to raising the local living wage and standards, was particularly critical: “Health has stopped improving. Society has stopped improving.”
You can view the full report here.