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

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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 South East 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 8

children in the South East are living in poverty.

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

Air pollution

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

24.1% of people not reaching the minimum income standard. Data from the OHID Fingertips Public Health Data.

1/4

of people in the South East do not have enough money to live well.

WE ASKED PEOPLE IN MARGATE 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?
  • Supporting people with disabilities, vulnerabilities and special educational needs

    Robin Putney is a Trustee and Volunteer at Thanet Disabled Riding Centre – a Kent-based charity that supports children and young adults with many different physical and mental disabilities, vulnerabilities and special educational needs.

    It provides individual tailored riding and mental health therapy sessions that challenge people to do things they wouldn’t usually do, helping to build strength and confidence and provide support for people with mental health problems in a safe and confidential environment. 

    Robin says ‘being outside is so important for your health. We provide a space where our clients have fun whilst exercising and learning in a safe and secure, open-air environment, near the seaside – often riding the horses down towards the beach. 

    ‘Many families in Thanet are on low incomes, and with the cost-of-living crisis hitting hard – especially disabled people and families with disabled children – we only suggest a small voluntary donation from our clients. 

    ‘Our services are in great demand – and we know they can be life changing – but we have limited resources and need more support to keep doing what we do.’

  • Essential baby items to vulnerable families

    Mama to Mama is the first and only baby bank service in Thanet, Kent. We provide essential pre-loved items to vulnerable pregnant women, caregivers and children under 5, who are living in poverty. Mama to Mama is a charity committed to improving the lives of babies and children to give them the best start in life.   

    Mama to Mama started as a call to action by a local mother to provide essential newborn baby items to vulnerable families living in poverty through preloved donations. Growing to meet increased demand due to the cost of living crisis, Mama to Mama now supports children up to 5 years old. With no other resources available to these individuals Mama to Mama enables maternity, social and care works to make referrals for care packages which in turn helps them to build relationships and trust from the people they support

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