PENSIONERS in Bootle have the shortest life expectancy in the UK according to a new survey, with Birkenhead OAPs not far behind.
Residents in the town will, on average, live to the age of 82, according to a national survey of three million pension records.
Also in the bottom 10 were Maryport, Cumbria; Salford, Greater Manchester; Moor Row, Cumbria; and Birkenhead, Merseyside.
Montacute, near Yeovil, Somerset, was found to have the longest life expectancy. The 680 residents will, on average, live until at least 89.
The study, by international business consultancy Watson Wyatt, analysed the records to break down life expectancy for older people in the UK by postcode.
Researchers calculated a score for each postcode which represents the number of men aged over 65 per thousand who are expected to die in the next 12 months.
Matthew Edwards, senior consultant at Watson Wyatt, said: "These findings show vividly that postcodes can explain substantial variations in mortality."