Commenting on today’s ONS report, “English Life Tables No.17, 2010 to 2012”, Andrew Kaye, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said:

“We welcome these new figures revealing how life expectancy in the UK is increasing. It’s also interesting to note that the gender gap is closing and the life expectancy of men is catching up with women. The country’s ageing population is one of the most important issues facing our society. The current social care system is under enormous strain. If we want the UK to be the best place to grow old in, we need an honest debate about what kind of health, social, housing and transport services we want – and how much as a society we are prepared to pay for them.”


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