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MAKE HEALTH EQUAL IN THE SOUTH WEST
Because of things like income, housing, and jobs, babies born in parts of the SOUTH WEST could live 
12 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 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 6

children in the South West are living in poverty.

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

Air pollution

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

26.5% of people not reaching the minimum income standard. Data from the OHID Fingertips Public Health Data.

1/4

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

WE ASKED PEOPLE IN PLYMOUTH 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?
  • Football combating isolation and loneliness

    Deborah Ingram is a trustee of All Nations Ministries – a Plymouth-based charity established in 2001 which offers a range of activities and services for refugees and asylum seekers newly arrived in the city, aimed at promoting racial harmony and better social integration with the local community. 

    Its Football United project supports young people living in the Devonport and Stonehouse areas of Plymouth and aims to reduce fear and anxiety around negative portrayals of people from diverse cultures and ethnicities, to create a stronger, more integrated and respectful city. 

    Asked about the importance of the project for young people, Deborah said: ‘it contributes to their self-worth, and helps to combat long periods of loneliness and isolation as well as providing a chance to improve their level of English and confidence.’

  • Food Co-Ops promoting community action, financial security and independence, and education

    Kelly has been Plymouth’s Co-operative Food Organisation since November 2022, and has since set up 5 food Co-ops in and around Plymouth.  

    Plymouth’s food co-ops are tailored towards wider communities’ needs, promoting community action, financial security and independence, and education such as volunteer training. Food co-ops are non-for-profit groups, set up and run by their members, who collectively pool money together to buy food and additional supplies at an overall discounted rate. In Plymouth, co-operatives have supported members’ financial security during the cost-of-living crisis, with members saving up to 40% on their weekly food shop. 

    In the words of one Plymouth food co-op member: ‘it’s an opportunity for us to build community, get to know our neighbours and we save at least a third on our food shopping every week.’

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