The UK is lagging behind European countries in relation to improvements in life expectancy, research shows.
The Financial Times reports data from Club Vita, the organisation that advises life and pension providers, which shows life expectancy is improving in parts of Europe but is not going up in the UK.
Club Vita analysed changes in life expectancy from birth between 2011 and 2016. Longevity improved by a few months for men in the UK in that period but there was no change for women.
Indeed at the end of 2016, life expectancy for men in the UK was 79.4 and for women it was 83.
The study showed life expectancy improved for men and women at faster rates in countries including Germany, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy.
The FT reports that in Switzerland, life expectancy for men is almost 82 and for women it is 85.6 years.
The only country that was behind the UK was Iceland.
Club Vita says there are several reasons for the lack of improve in life expectancy including increasing demand on the health system from an ageing population in a time of austerity, bad weather impacting those who are most frail and harsh winter flu seasons.
The FT says providers have already started responding to the life expectancy trends by releasing reserves they had held against the cost of annuities.