Report reveals link between literacy and life expectancy in England

National Literacy Trust publish findings

National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust have published a report that establishes a link between literacy and life expectancy in England. The team looked at data from the National Literacy Trust and Experian on the communities at the greatest risk of serious literacy problems and ward level life expectancy data from the ONS and Public Health England.

The report concludes that there is a national gap in life expectancy between children from the areas with the most and least  serious literacy challenges, for example:

- A boy born in Stockton Town Centre (decile 1 for literacy vulnerability) has a life expectancy 26.1 years shorter than a boy born in North Oxford (decile 10 for literacy vulnerability)

- A girl born in Queensgate, Burnley (decile 1 for literacy vulnerability), has a life expectancy 20.9 years shorter than a girl born in Mayfield, Wealdon (decile 10 for literacy vulnerability)

Literacy and life expectancy is the first in a series of reports that will be launched during The National Literacy Trust’s 25th anniversary year to establish why literacy should be on everyone’s agenda. You can read more and download the report from the National Literacy Trust website here.