National Strategy for Five More Years of Healthy Life Expectancy While Closing the Social Gap by 2035: Call for evidence and solutions (new extended deadline = 30 September)
The Government has declared a laudable ambition to increase healthy life expectancy (HLE) in England by 5 years by 2035 and at the same time to close the large social gap, but has not yet developed a strategy to do so.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Longevity is working to develop such a Strategy setting out what really needs to be done to achieve these important goals. The APPG is headed by Rt Hon Damian Green MP (APPG Chair) and Lord Filkin CBE (Strategic Advisory Board Chair), with Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, Sir Norman Lamb MP, Lord Kerslake, Lord O’Shaughnessy and others on the core group. We are being advised by academic and policy experts and organisations, including Public Health England, Health Foundation and Kings Fund. Our launch was supported by our Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP and we will liaise with government Ministers and officials as we develop our proposals. All the details can be found on

We are keen to involve other experts and would welcome your evidence, ideas and solutions on how to achieve HLE+5 by 2035 by responding to the questions that interest you below and by suggesting other evidence or actions relevant to these goals. A fuller paper setting out our thinking on the key issues can be found here:

The results will inform the report of the National Strategy which will be published in early 2020. Contact Geoffrey Filkin ( or Tina Woods ( if you would like to discuss anything in greater detail.

Please respond by 30th September. You do not need to answer every question- only those that interest you and/or where you feel you have most to contribute.
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1. The Case for Change
We need to make a powerful case for why increasing healthy life expectancy (HLE) matters
What evidence and arguments would have impact on government, business and the public?
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2. Framing the Issue
We must capture public and media interest; it is not about old age but about the lifetime benefits from being in good enough health and free from disabilities
What are the key messages to persuade the public and media that HLE matters?
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3. The Causes of Poor HLE
A coalition of expert organisations is reviewing for us the evidence on the causes and consequences of poor HLE and its social divide.
Do you have any evidence on the significance of the different drivers of poor HLE and inequalities in HLE?
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4. The Agenda for Change
The agenda for change will require concerted actions by central government, local leaders, the health agencies, by science and technology, by businesses and charities, as well as fundamental changes to ideas and attitudes.
What are the three major priorities for action to achieve HLE+5 while closing the social gap?
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What is the right mix of a) population level actions b) interventions with individuals and c) changes to the economic, social and physical environments?
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How might health systems need to change?
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Which innovations in science, genomics and technology (including data and AI) will be most important?
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How could business and investors contribute in the best way to achieve the goal of HLE+5 while closing the social gap?
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5. Local and National Leadership
Persistent national and local leadership will matter. How could this be reinforced, sustained and held to account?
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How can HLE+5 while closing the social gap be a goal for all of society and for all political parties?
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6. Other Actions and Ideas
Do you have other evidence or ideas (no matter how simple or radical) that you think could help achieve HLE +5 and close the social gap?
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Would you like to be involved in the implementation of the National Strategy and/or APPG for Longevity at the next stage? Tick all the options below that apply and make sure you include your email address in the next question.
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