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Life expectancy is the number of years a person can expect to live.

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Right now in the UK, people’s lives are being cut short because of where they live. It doesn’t have to be this way. Join the campaign for change.

What affects life expectancy?

The number of years a person can expect to live is affected by many things, from good-quality homes, to stable jobs, social connections, and neighbourhoods with green space and clean air. We call these factors the building blocks of health and wellbeing.

Lives being cut short

Not everyone in the UK gets the same opportunities to live healthy lives. People who live in our poorest neighbourhoods are dying years earlier than people in the wealthiest areas. And evidence shows that these health inequalities are getting worse.

Change is achievable |

Inequalities can be reduced by improving the things we know shape health. Health Equals was born out of the need to rebuild foundations to improve life expectancy and reverse health inequalities in the UK.