Revealed: scandal of Scotland’s rich-poor life expectancy divide for women

Wealthy women in Scotland’s largest city are now living more than a decade longer than their poorer counterparts – and the gap is widening.

According to a new report, from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health,due to be released tomorrow, on health in Glasgow, the average life expectancy of affluent females is 85.2, while women living in the city’s most deprived areas are only expected to reach 74.5.

The gap has increased from 8.1 to 10.7 years over a 15-year period – a finding described as “unacceptable” by anti-poverty campaigners who argue life expectancy should not depend on wealth or the lottery of where you are born and live.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said it is taking steps to improve health and quality of life throughout the city, while the Scottish Government said the report highlights the need to tackle the underlying causes of health inequality.

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “It is unacceptable in 21st century Glasgow that the life expectancy between the richest and poorest remains so wide, and is in fact continuing to grow for women.

“We know that women are more likely to be in poverty than men, and there are many reasons for this including lower wages and a higher dependency on the social security system.

“The negative impact of poverty on health is well documented, and this research shows that we are still not making the progress we need to in this area. People’s life expectancy should not rely on their postcode.

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