Your address: a matter of life and death

LIVING in the poorest parts of Ipswich could bring you an earlier death.That's the finding of an alarming survey published today.Although most people are living longer, people in the deprived Town and Bridge wards of Ipswich are bucking the county-wide trend of falling death rates.

By Judy Rimmer

LIVING in the most deprived parts of Ipswich could bring you an earlier death.

That's the finding of an alarming survey published today.

Although most people are living longer, people in the deprived Town or Bridge wards of Ipswich are bucking the county-wide trend of falling death rates.

Life expectancy in the county differs dramatically between affluent and deprived areas, according to the report published today by Dr Brian Keeble, director of public health in Suffolk.

Alarmingly, up to 70pc more people are dying before the age of 75 in these areas – where many people are unemployed and living on benefit – than in richer parts of Suffolk.

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The link between deprivation and early death is especially strong for men.