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MAKE HEALTH EQUAL IN THE NORTH WEST
Because of things like income, housing, and jobs, babies born in parts of the NORTH WEST could live 
16 years less than in other parts of the UK.

Discover the life expectancy in your area

The number of years a person can expect to live is affected by many things, from good-quality homes, to neighbourhoods with green space and clean air.

Discover the life expectancy where you live.

HOW DOES LIFE EXPECTANCY COMPARE ACROSS THE UK?
74years
The national average81
90years

LIFE EXPECTANCY

The world around us shapes our health and wellbeing.

From quality homes that are warm and safe, to stable jobs, social connections, and neighbourhoods with green space and clean air, these are the building blocks that have a lasting and positive impact on people’s health, and reduce health inequalities.

In the North West and across the UK, these building blocks are not available to everyone, or not at the quality needed.

Data on children under 16 in relative low-income families from the OHID Fingertips Public Health Data.

1 in 4

children in the North West are living in poverty.

7.5 µg/m3 compared to WHO healthy level of 5µg/m3. Data taken from OHID Fingertips Public Health Data.

Air pollution

in the North West is too high. The level of fine particle pollution breaches the World Health Organisation’s healthy levels.

31% of people not reaching the minimum income standard. Data from the OHID Fingertips Public Health Data.

1/3

of people in the North West do not have enough money to live well.

WE ASKED PEOPLE IN MANCHESTER WHAT THEY THINK THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THEIR AREA IS, AND THE THINGS THAT CONTRIBUTE MOST TO THEIR HEALTH.

Find out what they said…

WHAT ARE PEOPLE FACING AND HOW DO WE CHANGE THINGS?
  • 'The condition of my home affected my mental health and the health of my family'

    Augustina from Manchester has first-hand experience of the impact of living in poor quality housing.

    ‘My family and I lived in Manchester for 13 years in a house in disrepair. My daughter had serious asthma and the mould in our house was bad, especially in the bathroom, which made her asthma worse.  

    ‘When I told the landlord about this all he said was ‘clean it yourself.’ He didn’t do anything about it. I had to buy bleach and brushes and clean the walls and the ceilings all the time. There were holes all over the walls and the skirting and mice would go into the children’s bedrooms at night – it was affecting their sleep, their school. The condition of my home affected my mental health a great deal. When people say they wanted to visit, I felt ashamed and embarrassed so I would turn them down.  

    ‘We complained to the landlord about the damp and mould, mice, the fire alarms not working, parts of the ceiling falling in, but he didn’t do anything about it at all. Eventually we moved somewhere else which is in much better condition. Tenants don’t get what they deserve, what they pay for every month. We shouldn’t have had to move just for our conditions to improve.”  

  • 'We provide a safe space for older people to make connections and improve their health'

    Greater Manchester Mature Minds Matter is a group ran by and open to all aged 50+, which aims to amplify the voices of older people and transforming perceptions around their mental health.  

    Their 2023 project – ‘Rhymes from the Wise’ – featured creative poetry workshops where anyone aged 50+ was welcome to write poetry and reflect. The project supported social inclusion and community, reducing stigma and giving older people a welcoming space to discuss their mental health. 

    One participating member said: ‘we have a combined knowledge and want to combat the stigma whilst having an influence on mental health support.’

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