Official figures published for 2009 – 11 by the Office of National Statistics have shown that Blackburn with Darwen remains near the bottom of the tables for life expectancy.
The figures have shown a small improvement on the actual life expectancy figures. They show that in 2009-11 men in the borough had a life expectancy of 75.7 years, and women 80.5 years. That was up from the last round of figures in 2008-10 when life expectancy in Blackburn with Darwen males was 75.4 years and 80 years in females.
The figures reveal that Blackburn with Darwen is position 341 in the tables for male life expectancy out of 346 locations, with only LIverpool, Burnley, Salford, Manchester and Blackpool below Blackburn. Life expectancy of a male in Blackpool is the lowest in the country at 73.8. Female life expectancy in Blackburn with Darwen was at position 335 in the tables.
The figures contrast with the best rated location of East Dorset where men have a life expectancy of 83.0 and women, 86.4.
Commenting on the increase in actual life expectancy figures, Councillor Mohammed Khan, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “I am encouraged that we are travelling in the right direction. However, we are still amongst the least healthy 20 per cent of local authority areas in England and need to improve at a much faster rate to create equal health for all in Blackburn with Darwen in ten years’ time. That task is made harder by the unprecedented cuts we’ve faced and the limited budgets we now have. The most important thing we can do is to make sure our children have the best education and start in life we can give them, to have the best prevention services in the country and to work together to create a vibrant and inclusive economy where everyone gets a chance to work who is able to.”
Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health, said: “It is encouraging that many of the health improvements that we have made over the past few years would appear to be having some effect on our position in the league table, but we still have a long way to go. The continuing economic downturn risks jeopardising efforts to improve health but we are clearly making some progress.”