Hanging on to life in Scotland

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Life expectancy in Scotland has failed to rise for the first time since records were established in 1861, research has found.

It is the first time in more than 150 years life expectancy has not increased.

Statistics show that in three years from 2012-2015 the ages at which women and men could expect to live remained static at 81.1 and 77.1 years respectively.
Austerity measures introduced by the coalition and Conservative governments since 2010 may have contributed.