In England, the average male life expectancy is 79.3 years. This varies dramatically by local area. Blackpool has the lowest male life expectancy at 74.3 years, whereas South Cambridgeshire has the highest at 83.0 years.
Areas with the lowest life expectancies must recognise the challenge facing them and include a high number of gendered measures in their JSNAs given the clear threat posed to men’s health.
The table lists the areas with the lowest male life expectancies and the corresponding number of gendered measures in their JSNA. Where a local authority has one of the lowest male life expectancies, it does not necessarily translate into a JSNA with a high number of gendered measures.
Corby has one of the worst male life expectancy at 77.1 years yet Northamptonshire’s JSNA contains just six gendered measures, just 14% of ts JSNA. Given that Corby has such a low male life expectancy, men’s health indicators should be a key part of Northamptonshire’s JSNA.
Lancashire County Council covers two districts with particularly low male life expectancies:
- Hyndburn (76.4)
- Burnley (75.6)
Nevertheless Lancashire’s JSNA contains just 14 gendered measures, 40% of its JSNA. Improvements to men’s health and male life expectancy cannot be expected until local authorities begin to address men’s health as part of their JSNAs and translate this into the commissioning of services.
In spite of this, there are positive signs and prospects for improvement in poorly-gendered JSNAs.
Sandwell in the West Midlands has a male life expectancy of just 77 years, the eighth lowest in England. But, it has included 21 gendered measures in its JSNA, a proportion of 78%.
Sandwell’s JSNA demonstrates that the data is available. Its approach can be used as a yardstick for other local authorities, especially in areas of poor male life expectancy.
Three other local authorities have recognised the poor male life expectancy in their area and have reflected this as part of their JSNA:
Hastings has a male life expectancy of 77.2 and the East Sussex JSNA has 20 gendered measures.
Kingston upon Hull has a life expectancy of 76.6 and includes 20 gendered measures in its JSNA.
Leicester has a male life expectancy of 77.2 and has 21 gendered measures in its JSNA.
This demonstrates that local authorities should be able to create a JSNA which effectively highlights the health needs of males in their local area.
Gendered Measures in Areas With Lowest Male Life Expectancy
|Area||Life Expectancy||Gendered Measures||%age|
|Stoke on Trent||76.5||16||44%|
|Barrow in Furness||76.9||10||11%|