The UK has experienced one of the largest slowdowns in life expectancy growth among 20 of the world’s leading economies, according to official figures by Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS figures show that from 2006 to 2011, life expectancy at birth of females in Britain rose by 12.9 weeks per year, but between 2011 and 2016 the rate of increase was 1.2 weeks per year, a decline of 90 percent and more than in any other country analyzed.
It added that Britain was only second worst behind the United States when the same rate was estimated for men.
The report reiterated that many countries have seen a slow-down in life expectancy rise from 2011, except for Japan and some in Scandinavia, adding that Britain was the worst among the leading economies.
Some academics argue that austerity policies by the UK government, including cuts in social care budgets, have played a part.
However, the government has denied there is…