Fast facts

The Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape hospital facilities in our area. It’s part of a wider plan to help people in the region live longer, healthier lives.

Here are some statistics about our area that help explain why it is so important to make sure everyone has access to the best possible hospital facilities.

  • 1.8 million people live in Lancashire and South Cumbria.3
  • 10% more funding for healthcare is received by each resident than the average person in England, due to the greater needs of our communities.
  • 12% to 38% of children in our region are growing up in poverty. The national average is 30%.2

  • 19.7% of people in our area are over 65. The national average is 17.3%.4

  • 13.4% of people in Lancashire and South Cumbria live in fuel poverty. The national average is 10.9%.5

  • 29.1% of our residents live in some of the most deprived areas in England.6

  • Life expectancy in Lancashire and South Cumbria is lower than the national average.7

This is a snapshot of the challenges faced by local people. The New Hospitals Programme aims to address these and help local people live longer and healthier lives.


  1. Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership’s Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Strategy 2019-24.
  2. Stone, J. and Herschel, D. (2019). Local indicators of child poverty 2017/2018.
  3. NHS Digital (December 2019). Patients registered at a GP practice.
  4. NHS Digital (December 2019). Patients registered at a GP practice.
  5. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (2017). Sub regional fuel poverty in England.
  6. ONS Mid year 2018 resident population estimate by IMD 2019 quintile.
  7. ONS Life expectancy at birth and healthy life expectancy at birth 2015-17.

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