Life expectancy figures show 12-year gap across the UK

A baby boy born in Kensington and Chelsea can expect to live 12 years longer than a baby born in Glasgow on the same day, according to a report from the Office of National Statistics.

The ONS figures for local authorities and health authorities in the UK, from 2003 to 2005, show that the south east, south west and east of England continue to have the highest life expectancy, while Scotland, the north east and north west of England have the lowest.

The local authority with the highest male life expectancy is Kensington and Chelsea at 82.2 years, 12.3 years more than Glasgow City.

Kensington and Chelsea also has the highest life expectancy for females at 86.2 years, which is 9.5 years more than Glasgow City, the lowest at 76.7 years.

Of the ten local authorities with the highest male life expectancy at birth , all are in England, while eight of the ten local authorities with the lowest male life expectancy are in Scotland.

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