“It is not clear what is driving the trend, but some academics have argued that government austerity policies, such as cuts to social care budgets in England, must have played a part.
Ministers have said that no such causation can be proved, although Public Health England has been asked to carry out a review of life expectancy trends.
Dr Kingsley Purdam, senior lecturer in social research methods and statistics at the University of Manchester, said the figures were “shocking”.
“Poverty, austerity and cuts to public services are impacting on how long people are living in the UK,” he said.
"We all need to look after our health but many of us, including the most vulnerable populations, need help at a time when evidence suggests that services are being cut.”
Seems a fair write up