The life expectancy of children in the UK has had years knocked off,
According to a report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) it found that a baby girl born in 2019 is now likely to celebrate on average three fewer birthdays than previous projections. A boy born in 2019 is now expected to live for 87.8 years. In 2016 it was predicted he would reach 89.7, and in 2014 the data said 91.1. In 2014 official data calculated that girl would live to 93.6. However, now that figure is 90.4.
Figures for 2043 will see a dramatic drop in children reaching 100. Two years ago projections thought that 34.1 per cent of newborn boys and 40.2 per cent of newborn girls would reach 100. This latest report, however, says 20.8 per cent of newborn boys and 26.1 per cent of newborn girls are expected to reach 100.
Experts say that previous estimates were too high. Since 2011 there has been a slowdown in life expectancy and in 2018 life expectancy growth stalled for the first time in more than 30 years.
Austerity and the introduction of government cuts coincides with the slowdown in life expectancy. A report by Public Health England said the poorest people have been the hardest hit by austerity when it comes to life expectancy.