Women in Greenwich are going to die earlier as life expectancy for women drops, according to new data from the Office of National Statistics.

Girls born in the area between 2014 and 2016 can now expect to live for 82.4 years, down from 82.6 in the previous two year period.

Researchers predict baby boys born after 2014 will live for 79.3 years on average,increasing from 79 in 2013-2015.

People have been living longer since the turn of the century. Girls born between 2001 and 2003 in Greenwich are predicted to live for 79.9 years, while the rate for boys is 74.1 years.

However, improvement in life expectancy is generally beginning to plateau.

Baby boys born in the UK are now predicted to live to be 79.2 years old on average, rising to 83.1 years for girls. National rates have remained largely unchanged since life expectancy was last assessed in 2013-2015.

Women are still expected to live 3.1 years longer than men in Greenwich - but the gap is narrowing, down from 5.8 years in 2001-2003.

Chris White, principal research officer at the ONS, said: “This analysis supports the view that mortality improvements in the UK have slowed somewhat in the second decade of the 21st century.”