The life expectancy inequality gap in Britain is greater than it was during the post-World War I slump and the Great Depression, a study suggests. Despite the continued rise in life expectancy, it is well documented that the gap between richest and poorest has actually been widening in recent years. BBC News - Life expectancy gap 'wider than in Great Depression' ‎80 yrs ago it was probably due to poor working conditions, no health care, etc. Today it's down to crisps & alchopops. Sad, innit.