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Public Health figures response

Posted on 10th August, 2015 by Lincoln Against Poverty

The latest figures by Public Health England have looked into life expectancy and how it differs between areas.

In Lincoln, the average life expectancy for men in England is 79.4 and 83.1 for women, but for those living in the most deprived areas of the city this can reduce by 8.7 years for men and 7.7 years for women.

City of Lincoln Council and its partners are working on an anti-poverty strategy to address this issue, alongside many others, and have a number of actions to try to achieve this.

Councillor Rosanne Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Social Inclusion and Community Cohesion, said: “While we are aware of the figures, it is shocking that some areas of the same city have a lower life expectancy than others by a considerable number of years.

“We’ve adopted an anti-poverty strategy that we and many partners in the city are working on to try to address the effects of poverty and included in that is how we break the link between poor health and poverty. There are a number of actions aimed at tackling this over the coming months and years.

“Our current Helping Hands campaign, where advice cards are being distributed containing information of places where people can get money, benefit, debt and savings advice is one of the projects supporting this aim. GP surgeries in the city are giving them to patients and some pharmacies are putting them into prescription medicine bags.

“We are also a partner in the ‘Making Lincoln Living Wage’ campaign, which is encouraging businesses and organisations to pay their staff the Living Wage as better wages mean that people have more money to cope with today’s costs of living.

“There is still work to be done and we and our partners are committed to doing all we can to tackle poverty in the city and the affect it has on people’s everyday lives so that growth in the city benefits all and no-one is left behind.”

Click here to read more about the Helping Hands campaign and here for information about Making Lincoln Living Wage.