Policy Press

Social Murder?

Austerity and Life Expectancy in the UK

By David Walsh and Gerry McCartney

Published

Nov 1, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447373087

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Nov 1, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447373070

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Nov 1, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447373094

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Life expectancy is about more than just health – it’s about the kind of society we live in. And in the early 2010s, after decades of continual improvement, life expectancy in the UK, USA and many other rich countries stopped increasing. For millions of people it actually declined. Despite hundreds of thousands of extra deaths, governments and officials remained silent.

Combining robust evidence with real-life stories, this book tells the story of how austerity policies caused this scandal. It argues that this shocking and tragic suffering was predictable, caused by a dereliction of duty from those in power.

The book concludes with an optimistic vision of what can be done to restore life expectancy improvements and reduce health inequalities.

David Walsh is Senior Lecturer in Health Inequalities at the University of Glasgow and previously Programme Manager at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

Gerry McCartney is Professor of Wellbeing Economy at the University of Glasgow and Honorary Consultant in Public Health at both Public Health Scotland and NHS Grampian.

1. Introduction

David

2. Facts and Figures

Frances

3. What Has Caused the Changes to Life Expectancy?

Anon

4. What Has Happened to Life Expectancy in Other Countries?

Moira

5. How Governments and Agencies Have Responded

tbc

6. What Else Is Relevant for Understanding the Stalled Life Expectancy Trends?

tbc

7. What Needs to Be Done?