Find out what is the average life expectancy in your council ward

Sopwell has the worse life expectancy for men in St Albans, according to the Office of National Stat

Sopwell has the worse life expectancy for men in St Albans, according to the Office of National Statistics. - Credit: Archant

You could die up to ten years younger than your friends depending on which St Albans council ward you live in, new data has claimed.

Women in Batchwood die the youngest of their sex and can expect to live 10 years fewer, at 80, than a woman who lives in Harpenden South, while men living in Sopwell die the youngest, and can expect to die at 77, 10 years before a man living in Marshalswick North, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The Liberal Democrats’ parliamentary candidate Daisy Cooper said: “These shocking statistics show even in St Albans, there are big gaps in people’s quality of life and life expectancy.”

At the party’s spring conference, delegates passed her motion proposing the creation of a national scheme of preventative blood pressure monitoring run by community pharmacies, reversing £531 million of cuts to councils’ public health services, and additional measures to promote community pharmacies.

Ms Cooper said: “I’m pleased that nationally Liberal Democrats have adopted my proposals to restore the funding necessary for local councils to empower individuals to improve their own health outcomes, and to put pharmacies at the heart of preventing illnesses that strain our already ailing health system.

“I’m delighted Liberal Democrats are leading the charge to protect our NHS for future generations.”

The gulf in life expectancy is even visible in neighbourhoods right next to one another, such as London Colney, where life expectancy is 80 for men and 86 for women, and Colney Heath, where it is 82 for men, but still 86 for women.

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There is a correlation with the level of deprivation in an area, with more deprived areas such as Wheathampstead having a lower average life expectancy than less deprived areas such as Harpenden South.

Chair of the St Albans Patient Group John Wigley said: “This is not being ascribed to the lack of GP surgeries in Batchwood, as most of the surgeries are concentrated in the town centre and the hospital and minor injuries unit are probably closer to Batchwood.

“I think it comes down to social economic factors such as people not heating houses adequately in winter and there is some thinking that people on lower incomes are less alert to prevention issues such as stopping smoking.”