Moving control of public services from central to local government can improve life-expectancy
A study estimated changes in life expectancy after control of public services in Greater Manchester was moved from central to local government, relative to a control group from the rest of England (excluding London), using data from January 2006 - December 2019.
After control of public services moved, from Nov 2014, life expectancy in Greater Manchester was 0.196 years (95% CI 0·182–0·210) higher than expected, when compared with the control group. Increases in life expectancy were larger in areas with high income deprivation and lower life expectancy, suggesting a narrowing of inequalities.
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