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.