1. ITV Report

Early death rates where you live

People living in Peterborough and Luton have a greater risk of dying early than those in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Public Health England has ranked local authorities using a traffic light system with red for the worst areas to green for the best.

In the UK there is a clear north/south divide in the statistics, which show the number of people under the age of 75 who died over a two-year period, with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt describing it as a "shocking variation".

People living in Peterborough and Luton have a greater risk of dying early than those in Rutland, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

People living in Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk have a lower risk of dying early than most other parts of the country. Rutland is ranked 6th out of 150 local authorities for the lowest death rate for people under the age of 75. Cambridgeshire was 15th and Suffolk 17th.

Luton had 1,602 premature deaths between 2009 and 2011 out of a population of 203,641. That ranked it 108th out of 150 local authorities and made it worse than average or red on the map. It was the highest rate of premature death in the Anglia region.

Peterborough was the only other area in the Anglia region marked red on the map. The City was ranked 87th out of 150 with 1,522 premature deaths for 2009-2011.

Areas in green have the lowest premature death rate while those in red have the highest. Credit: Public Health England

These are the rankings of councils in the Anglia region from the lowest early death rate to the highest. The total number of councils is 150.

GREEN - best

  • 6th - Rutland - 209.3 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 15th - Cambridgeshire - 220 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 17th - Suffolk 224.9 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 21st - Hertfordshire - 228.5 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 33rd - Central Bedfordshire - 236.8 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 35th - Essex - 238.1 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 39th - Norfolk - 241.3 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population

YELLOW - better than average

  • 64th - Milton Keynes - 265.3 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population

AMBER - worse than average

  • 68th - Southend-on-Sea - 269.4 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 71st - Thurrock - 272.2 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 72nd - Northamptonshire - 272.5 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 77th - Bedford - 279.2 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population

RED - worst

  • 97th - Peterborough - 293.7 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population
  • 108th - Luton - 306.7 deaths under 75 per 100,000 population