Throughout the 20th Century, the UK experienced steady improvements in life expectancy at birth.
These improvements have been attributed to healthier habits among the population as it ages. Healthier habits including reduced smoking rates and improvements in treating infectious illnesses, with fewer conditions such as heart disease, mean longer lifespans.
Findings from new research show the most significant increase in life expectancy since the start of the decade.
Still, it seems our perceptions of life expectancy are even higher than reality.