Spending on things like health and social care is much lower here than in comparable European countries. This of course would be directly responsible for deaths, as well as mental health issues and addiction problems.
Neil Smith, GMB union political officer, believes that ‘’matter of life and death is a class issue’’.
We keep hearing that the pensionable age had to be raised because we are living longer. That might be the case in wealthier parts of the UK but not for those people living in the most deprived areas - some who can expect to die seven years earlier than their richer neighbours.