The gap in life expectancy as wide as Britain between the United Kingdom and Sudan, warned by British lawmakers, has widened over the last decade.
As Britain's inequality deepens, residents in southern Wales-Blenau-Ghent can expect to lose health by 16.4 more than the Workinghamers in Berkshire. growth.
The influential MP and fellow group, led by Labor lawmaker Liam Byrne, warned that Britain has developed into the most regionally unbalanced economy in the West and that urgent reforms are needed.
"There is a growing need to shift from the secular economy to a new inclusive growth model." “If the current trend continues, we will continue to make the same mistake. Prioritize economic growth and forget about the deepening economic sector that is separating our society. ”
According to a report compiled by the Center for Progressive Policy Thinktank, the level of health inequality has increased due to factors beyond the quality of local health provision. This includes crime, employment and income, affordable housing and access to quality education.
Studies have shown that residents of former mining cities in Blaenau Gwent have an average of 54.3 years in health, the lowest in the UK, and nearly 10 years less than the national average of 63.6 years. On the other hand, according to the National Statistics for National Statistics, the highest life expectancy in the UK is 70.7 years for the City of Wokingham.
According to a separate calculation by the World Health Organization (WHO), the 16-year gap is as large as the difference in figures for the UK's overall health life span and means.
The report used the “inclusive growth” index to rank local authorities, urging the government to prioritize spending on welfare as well as economic growth. Wokingham was followed by Nottingham and Blackpool, with Blaenau Gwent highest, based on healthy life expectancy, unemployment and inequality levels, consumer spending and free time in working hours.
A survey of consumer spending levels found that the difference between the local authorities with the highest household consumption and the lowest was the same as the gap between the UK and Russia.
Despite significant differences in traditional economic performance measures, such as regional contributions to GDP, a healthy life expectancy is the leading cause of regional imbalances across the UK. In terms of prosperity, eight of the top ten local authorities were in Southeastern and London, three of the bottom ten were in Wales, two were in the northwest, and two in the Midlands.
The report also warns that many large cities have high levels of inequality within their boundaries. The study found that the difference in healthy life expectancy could be up to 15.1 years within local authorities and each station in Westminster East in the tube showed a life expectancy loss of almost one year, according to a report from the local government association You referenced .
Within Manchester, the Trafford borough had the highest inclusive growth rates and more than doubled the Manchester city, including low-income urban areas such as Manchester Side. The focus on measuring inclusive growth arises from the government's demand to plan spending based on individual well-being beyond traditional prosperity measures such as GDP.
Earlier this year, New Zealand announced its “well-being budget” with a significant increase in funding for mental health services, child poverty and family violence issues, making it the first step in the world.
Gus O & # 39; Donnell, chief of staff, called on the government to make individual welfare a primary goal of government spending rather than economic growth.
Jeremy Lefroy, vice president of APPG, said: “Inclusive growth should be a top priority for national and regional leaders to go beyond GDP and redefine economic priorities for communities across the country.”