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Life expectancy 'to edge nearer 90'

By Wesleyan

By the end of the next decade, people will be typically expecting to live well into their mid-80s, new research suggests.

If accurate, the prediction that average life expectancy in England and Wales will jump to 87.6 for women and 85.7 for men by 2030 means that pension saving will become more important than ever.

In 2012, the average life expectancies for men and women were 79.5 and 83.3 respectively.

Based on data provided by the Office for National Statistics, the study suggests that by 2030 people can expect to be living longer than official estimates have previously forecast.

But the study also suggests that where people live will become an even more important factor when it comes to how long they are expected to live.

It predicts that by the start of the 2030s, average life expectancy for some people in areas such as Manchester, Liverpool and South Wales will be eight years less than it is for those in affluent parts of London and the south of England.

Copyright Press Association 2015

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