No one, no one at all, is measuring life expectancy. Also, no one is measuring anything about people born in a particular place.
The first drop in life expectancy in Scotland for 35 years should “shame” both the Scottish and UK governments, it has been claimed.
Official figures revealed that life expectancy for men had fallen slightly from 77.07 years for boys born in 2014-16, to 77.02 years for those born in 2015-17. Over the same period, the figure for women fell from 81.15 years to 81.09 years.
Opposition parties said the data from the National Records of Scotland was a “wake up call” for the SNP administration and all those involved in public health.
What is being measured is the length of life of those born 70 and 80 years ago. We then assume that those born today will live that long. Umm, mean age of death or summat, median?, so once we’ve got past 50% of them being dead we’ve a good idea.
We also don’t measure it from births in Scotland. We measure where people die, not where they’re born. This might not be so important over a nation, but it definitely matters more locally. Measuring the age at which people die in the Gorbals is an extremely bad guide the the age at which people born there die. Because migration.