New figures released by the National Records of Scotland call into question claims that Scots are better remaining within the British Union.
latest stats reveal that, on average, people in Scotland can expect to
die sooner than those living in other parts of the UK. North Ayrshire
is particularly badly affected by low life-expectancy.
Katy Clark said, “While there has been a steady increase in
life-expectancy over past decades, the gaps and variation paint a
depressing picture. The UK average for female life expectancy is 82.7
years, while men can expect to live for 78.9 years. In Scotland, the
average is 80.8 for women and 76.6 for men. North Ayrshire sees female
life expectancy drop to 80.72 for women and 76.03 for men.”
Labour MP said it is not surprising that more affluent areas of the
country have significantly higher levels of life expectancy than the
most impoverished, adding, “The conclusion we can draw from this is
blindingly clear: we need to urgently root out the systemic causes of
poverty and inequality.
“While the statistics are revealing,
they are only numbers. Behind them are the real experiences of
constituents I hear from every week. Workers are earning poverty pay
and living under the constant stress and fear of losing their jobs as
the only security they have are zero-hour contracts. We’ve seen benefit
payments reduced and capped, and people are literally choosing whether
to feed their families or heat their homes.”
The MP for North
Ayrshire & Arran said, “Cuts to funding in health care, social
services, local councils and further education have all removed support
and opportunities for those living in poverty. It is no wonder that
people’s physical and mental well-being is harmed as a result, and the
life expectancy figures just confirm what many of us already knew.”
Clark supports Scotland remaining within the British Union and argues a
future UK Labour Government would seek to address the problems that
cause low life-expectancy.