YEP Says, June 5: Twin-track city where people die too young

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If you live in one part of Leeds you are more likely to die younger than if you live on another side of the city.

If you live in one part of Leeds you are more likely to die younger than if you live on another side of the city.

Should we be surprised by this? Probably not. In 2010 a report to Leeds city council revealed that men living in one of the most deprived areas of the city were expected to live an average of 10 years less than someone living in affluent Harewood.

The report said that Hunslet men had a life expectancy of 71.6 years, while in Harewood, it was 81.7 years. Women in Hunslet had an expectancy of 76 years as opposed to 85.7 in Adel and Wharfedale.

Councillors railed that it was ‘a scandal to have such inequalities in 21st century Leeds.’

They were right. It was a scandal - and five years on, it seems we are little further down the road in tackling what must surely be one of the biggest issues our city has to face.

Today we report (on page 13) that £1m in grants is being offered to charities and community projects in Leeds who will work to try to redress the imbalance, focusing in particular on awareness, healthy living and education.

The NHS funding will be distributed by Leeds Community Foundation who are seeking bids for the cash.

There are no easy fixes, but surely a ‘city, heal thyself’ philosophy is a step on the road to beginning to address this dreadful imbalance.

When a bonus is a reward for failure

THE disgruntlement expressed by many Morrisons shareholders over the severance package awarded to former chief executive Dalton Philips is entirely understandable.

Such sentiment, which saw votes cast against the award at yesterday’s annual general meeting, is shared by a British public at large which has grown tired of seeing departing top executives pocket eye-watering pay-offs.

Those who achieve success in a high-pressured business environment, creating considerable value for shareholders in doing so, deserve to be financially recognised for their work. In the case of Mr Philips, however, it appears to be yet another reward for failure.

Little Miss Editor says it’s not silly at all