Did you realise that where you live in London may have a direct impact upon whether you acquire a disability? The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently released the ‘Disability-free life expectancy’ figures for London’s boroughs. They reveal that men in the borough of Newham will spend 20 years with a disability; the figure drops to just 11 years for men in Richmond. Women have a longer overall life expectancy; those in Newham can expect nearly 23 years of life with a disability, whereas the women of Richmond will have a disability for just 14 years.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has his own views on the reasons for the overall increased life expectancy in London (see tweets); perhaps he can work his magic now and make disability-free life expectancy equal for all Londoners.
Disability-free life expectancy (DFLE) adds a quality of life dimension to estimates of Life expectancy by dividing expected lifespan into time spent with and without a disability. By disability we mean a persistent illness or condition that limits day to day activities. This data provides information on where in the country peoples’ activities are being most affected by their health and can be used by government to target resources to help reduce disability rates in the worst affected areas. This data can also be used to make decisions on health and social care funding, and for planning in both state and private pensions.