You could live up to ten years longer depending on where in Wirral you live.
Average life expectancy figures across the borough reveal huge gaps in how long a person could live with over ten years' difference between the lowest and highest.
A report from the Wirral Intelligence Service published this year found that although life expectancy had been steadily increasing across the region from the 1990s the gap between lowest and highest wards was more than 10 years for both men and women.
For men, the Birkenhead and Tranmere ward had the lowest life expectancy at 72.8 years while Greasby, Frankby and Irby could expect to live to 83.7 – a difference of 10.7 years.
Women living in Wallasey had the best life expectancy of 87.7 years while women living in Rock Ferry had a life expectancy of 76.5 – a difference of 11.8 years.
The figures looked at the years between 2017-2019 and the report clarified: "Please note that the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be fully apparent in this iteration of the Life Expectancy report, as no figures within this report relate to the year 2020.
"The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic will become more apparent in future editions."
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The report states there is a well-documented link between deprivation and its impact on life expectancy with the results for the past 20 years being consistent with this factor.
It also looked at the most current data from Public Health England from 2015-2017 the report cites respiratory disease and cancer and the main health reasons for the gaps in life expectancy in Wirral.
To breakdown the report they looked at life expectancy along the main train stations in Wirral.
Men's life expectancy via train stations from lowest to highest
- Birkenhead North 73
- Birkenhead Park 73
- Bidston 73
- Hamilton Square 73
- Conway Park 73
- Green Lane 73
- Rock Ferry 73
- Upton 76
- Wallasey Village 77
- New Brighton 79
- Bromborough Rake 78
- Bromborough 78
- Leasowe 78
- Eastham Rake 79
- Bebington 80
- Port Sunlight 80
- Moreton 80
- Meols 80
- Wallasey Grove Road 81
- Spital 81
- Manor Road 81
- Hoylake 81
- West Kirby 82
- Heswall 83
Women's life expectancy via train stations from lowest to highest
- Rock Ferry 77
- Bidston 78
- Birkenhead North 78
- Birkenhead Park 78
- Hamilton Square 78
- Conway Park 78
- Green Lane 78
- New Brighton 81
- Wallasey Village 81
- Bromborough Rake 81
- Bromborough 81
- Upton 81
- Leasowe 81
- Bebington 83
- Port Sunlight 83
- Spital 83
- Manor Road 83
- Hoylake 83
- Moreton 84
- Meols 84
- Eastham Rake 85
- Heswall 85
- West Kirby 87
- Wallasey Grove Road 88
The issues around the gaps in life expectancy were raised in Wirral Council's new Community Wealth Building Strategy document that was discussed at the policy and resources committee last night (Wednesday, June 9).
It states: "Community Wealth Building is a people centred approach to local economic development.
"Community Wealth Building seeks to restructure the composition of the economy itself so that wealth is widely held, shared and democratised.
"It reorganises local economies to be fairer and stops wealth flowing out of our communities, towns and cities, and instead places control of this wealth into the hands of local people, communities, businesses and organisations."
The report acknowledges: "Wirral has significant health inequalities compared to the rest of England, with higher levels of alcohol specific hospital admissions, cancer deaths, respiratory deaths and residents with long term disabilities (Wirral Council, 2019).
"There are also health inequalities within the borough: residents in the more affluent areas of Wirral can expect to live up to ten years more than those in our most deprived areas."
Members of the committee adopted the strategy with Cllr Yvonne Nolan said at the meeting: "It is good to see that it is now being embraced to the extent that it is as you battle very often as a lonely voice for a number of years to get this on the agenda and now it is well and truly on the agenda and that is down to your work, so thank you for that leader [Cllr Janette Williamson].
"It is vital and essential and one of the places I think this is going to help is across the health and wellbeing board.
"Because community wealth building absolutely has an impact on everyone's health and wellbeing.
"It will be recognised at the health and wellbeing board and the significance of it and it will be part of our overall strategy for making Wirral a place where everyone can live happy, safe and healthy lives."