Life expectancy gap between men and women to fall

The life expectancy gap between men and women at state pension age will narrow by 2021 and stabilise for the following 30 years, according to government statistics.

The Office of National Statistics has forecast that by 2021 men will have a life expectancy of around 21 years from the state pension age of 65, and women will expect to live 23 years beyond the age of 65.

These life expectancies are expected to remain constant until midway through the current century.

The forecast says that state pension age for women will rise to 65 between 2010 and 2020, and that it will rise gradually to 68 for both sexes by 2046.

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