A detailed map reveals how every pocket of Britain is faring, ward by ward, almost street by street.
A million children are going hungry in Britain, a leading children's charity has found.
An increase in the minimum wage is required to protect low-income workers from benefit cuts and a lack of jobs, a charity has said.
People living in the north of England have a greater risk of dying early than those in the south, according to a national league table of premature death rates published.
For the first time, where you live and how long you will live, have been mapped across England.
The league table uses colour codes - red for where you are more likely to have a shorter life and green where people live longer.
The north of England is doing significantly worse than elsewhere, with Manchester and Blackpool recording the worst results for premature deaths.
Rupert Evelyn reports from the Lancashire resort on how it is trying to turn that around.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told ITV Daybreak that local authorities can learn lessons in the north-south divide.
People living in the north of England have a greater risk of dying early than those in the south, according to a table released by the government today.
The Health Secretary said: "All these areas have different programmes happening on the ground. We want them to learn from each other".
A Daybreak One Poll has revealed that one-third of the population have lost faith in the NHS (35.8%).
The poll comes on the day that the government revealed the "shocking" death divide between north and south.
In the same poll 54.9% of Brits think the NHS has suffered under the coalition government.
20.2% did not think the NHS had suffered under the coalition government and 24.9% did not know.
Read more: New mortality rates shows north-south divide
- In Manchester, there were 455 premature deaths per 100,000 people from 2009 to 2011.
- The region has the highest death rate from cancer in the country, with 152 deaths per 100,000 people recorded, as well as from heart disease and stroke, with 116 deaths per 100,000 people.
- Blackpool has the highest rates for liver and lung disease, with 39 and 62 premature deaths per 100,000 respectively in that time.
- Wokingham has the lowest overall premature mortality rate with 200 such deaths in the same period, making it the best in the list of 150 local authorities.
- It is also the best region for heart disease and stroke, with the lowest number of deaths - 40 per 100,000 from 2009 to 2011.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has described the mortality rate between north and south as a "shocking variation".
The Health Secretary said: "This shocking variation in early and unnecessary deaths means people's lives are needlessly cut short and that cannot continue unchecked.
"I want areas to use the data released today to identify local public health challenges like smoking, drinking and obesity and to take action to help achieve our ambition for saving 30,000 lives a year by 2020."
People living in the north of England have a greater risk of dying early than those in the south, according to new research.
The national league table of premature death rates published today ranks local authorities using a traffic light system, ranging from red for the worst areas to green for the best.
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.
Manchester and Blackpool are the two local authorities that recorded the worst results for specific causes of death highlighted by Public Health England.
Manchester also has the worst overall level of early death.
One in five children in the UK live below the poverty line, according to research published today. The End Child Poverty campaign published figures showing that 20.2% of children live in poverty, before housing costs.
In 8 areas of large cities, more than four out of every 10 children lived in poverty in 2012, the research showed.
In central Manchester almost half of children live below the breadline, whilst in West Belfast and Glasgow the figure is 43%. Campaigners say the research reveals "gross levels of inequality".
ITV News' Scotland correspondent Debi Edwards reports.
The Government says it is committed to eradicating child poverty and in a statement the Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said:
"We want to take a new approach by tackling the root causes including worklessness, educational failure and family breakdown.
"Our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities, with the Universal Credit simplifying the complex myriad of benefits and making three million people better off."
The child poverty map reveals the depth and breadth of child poverty across the country showing the gross levels of inequality that children face in every region. Far too many children whose parents are struggling to making a living are having to go hungry and miss out on the essentials of a decent childhood that all young people should be entitled to.
The huge disparities that exist across the country have become more entrenched and are now an enduring reality as many more children are set to become trapped in long term poverty and disadvantage.
– Enver Solomon, Chair of the End Child Poverty campaign
Local authorities are having to deal with reduced budgets but they have critical decisions to make. Were calling on authorities to prioritise low income families in the decisions they make about local welfare spending, including spending on the new council tax benefit, and on protecting families hit by the bedroom tax.
This week we have written to local authority leaders in the local authorities with the most child poverty, asking them what they will do to tackle child poverty in their local area.