Lancashire Annual Public Health Report
Please take time to read the attached Lancashire Public Health Report
The report analyses the issues affecting people's wellbeing and explains the health inequalities between different communities. It also highlights the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on people's lives and livelihoods.
Some of the main findings of the report include:
• Life expectancy has decreased overall during the last two years. Males living in the least deprived communities live 10.3 years longer than those in the most deprived. The gap is 7.8 years for females.
• The overall health and wellbeing of children in Lancashire is worse than England when comparing local data with national averages.
• The percentage of people who "often or always" felt lonely during the pandemic in Lancashire was reported to be 6.1%. For certain districts this figure was as high as 13.5%.
Some positive issues outlined in the report include:
• Lancashire's carbon emissions reduced by more than 32% between 2005 and 2019.
• Health assessments and reviews with new mothers and babies continued throughout the pandemic, with thousands being assessed over the last two years.
• There is huge potential to increase Lancashire's economy by an estimated £8.2bn and improvements in productivity could help achieve this.
The report makes six high level recommendations to improve our health and reduce inequalities across Lancashire. One of these recommendations is regarding 'Communities and place' and to work more closely with wider system partners to support and improve how we do things, working alongside the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector as more equal partners.
Specific neighbourhood level intelligence at a district and ward level can be found at https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/lancashire-insight/area-profiles/neighbourhood-intelligence/