the scale of the challenge

Using local authority estimates has important implications for policy. We look at how these estimates are used in the indicators, as well as how they compare to other measures of geographical inequalities in healthy life expectancy. Construction of the healthy life expectancy indicator Taking a broader range of local authorities, rather than the extremes of highest and lowest, helps to account for outliers with potentially unique circumstances. For example, in 2017–19 a girl born in the Orkney Islands was expected to have 75.1 years of good health, compared to a girl born in Blackpool with a healthy life expectancy of…