UK needs radical new skills agenda to combat rising ‘deaths of despair’
The UK has the greatest slowing in life expectancy at birth for women and the second greatest slowing for men
The US isn’t the only country experiencing what economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton called “deaths from despair”. The UK is one of the most economically advanced and stable democracies on the globe and yet the life expectancy of its people appears to be stalling, with striking differences by gender and geography.
According to a new report from the National Center for Social Research life expectancy in the UK is expected to continue to increase but the size of these increases is substantially smaller than in previous years. A more detailed study by the Office for National Statistics compared 20 countries and found that between 2005-2010 and 2010-2015 the UK had the greatest slowing in life expectancy at birth for women and the second greatest slowing for men (behind the US)...