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Life expectancy statistics for regions, counties and local areas in the UK are calculated annually using abridged (based on five-year age groups) life tables. These are more suitable for calculating sub-national life expectancy than complete (based on single year of age) life tables due to small numbers of deaths by single year of age, particularly among younger age groups and in smaller areas.

For more information see the ONS guide to life expectancy in the UK.

On 30 April 2013, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published mid-2002 to mid-2010 subnational population estimates, revised following the 2011 Census. Therefore, previously published life expectancy figures for England and Wales, England, Wales, English regions, counties in England, and unitary and local authorities in England and Wales have been revised and are presented in this release.

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Life expectancy at birth and age 65 for males and females, 2001-2003 to 2015-2017

Life Expectancy, Healthy life expectancy and Disability-free life expectancy

Includes data for England, South East and Surrey

This indicator measures inequalities in life expectancy within each local authority. Life expectancy at birth and age 65 is calculated for each deprivation decile of lower super output areas within each area and then the slope index of inequality (SII) is calculated based on these figures. The SII is a measure of the social gradient in life expectancy, i.e. how much life expectancy varies with deprivation. It takes account of health inequalities across the whole range of deprivation within each area and summarises this in a single number. This represents the range in years of life expectancy across the social gradient from most to least deprived, based on a statistical analysis of the relationship between life expectancy and deprivation across all deprivation deciles.