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Study reveals one in seven baby boys born today in Milton Keynes won’t live to pension age

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Almost one in seven boys born in Milton Keynes will not live until retirement, according to the latest life expectancy figures.

The figure comes from the Office for National Statistics, which also showed the worst life expectancy was in Glasgow where one in four newborn boys will not survive to the age of 65.

The statistics and their variations across the country have provoked questions over life chances for those in poverty stricken areas.

Andrew Pakes, Labour and Co-operative parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South, said: “These latest figures show the lasting impact of child poverty and disadvantage even in a relatively prosperous city like ours.

“We have some deep-rooted inequalities in the borough with child poverty rates of over 40 per cent in some estates. This is more evidence, alongside rising demand for help from MK Foodbank and growing debt problems, we need to do more to share the benefits of growth across the borough.

“The figures show the long-term damage of disadvantage, and with rising living costs and ongoing concerns about the lack of affordable housing in the borough, we need a more ambitious approach to dealing with these challenges.”

A spokesman for Milton Keynes Council said: “As a part of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Milton Keynes Council and partner organisations have committed themselves to giving every child the best chance in life.

“The poorest life expectancies correlate to the areas of greatest poverty, so we are working hard to reduce inequalities and improve our residents’ economic prosperity.”

According to the latest figures, children born in Milton Keynes between 2010-12 can expect on average to live until 82.5 if they are female and 78.7 if they are male.

This is an increase in comparison with average life expectancies for those born between 1991-93 which was 78.5 years for femals and 73.8 years for males.

Full details are online at www.ons.gov.uk

 

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