Research finds lower life expectancy in Manchester

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Image caption, Only parts of London have a lower pensioner population than Manchester

Manchester has the lowest number of pensioners outside of London, research commissioned by the BBC has revealed.

The research by Experian found that only nine London boroughs have a lower percentage of elderly people than Manchester's 22%.

Manchester Central MP Tony Lloyd (Labour), said the figures reflected the lower life expectancy of people across the city.

"When it comes to pension age, many here don't make it," added Mr Lloyd.

Mr Lloyd said in the last 15 years council promoted policies had seen a greater number of people moving into the city's centre.

Life expectancy

These were mostly younger people, either singles or couples with no children.

This also lowered the city's age demographic but the main reason for the low concentration of older people was life expectancy due to such issues as poverty and lifestyle.

"They don't live as long," Mr Lloyd said.

Another factor which reduces Manchester's age profile is the city's ethnic diversity, according to Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, retired Anglican Bishop of Hulme.

"The Asian community in the city is much younger with the majority probably under 50," he said.

But Bishop Lowe, who stepped down last year from his inner city ministry, also pointed out that poverty created variations in life expectancy within Manchester as well.

"We have some parts of the inner city where the life expectancy is 10 to 15 years lower than the Home Counties," he said, "It is also lower than the suburbs."

The Experian figures also predict a similar low concentration of older people in the year 2029.

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