New figures show the shocking health gap between different areas of York.
The difference between the area with the lowest life expectancy and the highest life expectancy is 11 years for men and 11.2 years for women.
The Westfield ward is the area where the life expectancy is lowest.
Men are expected to live for 76.1 years and women for 80.6 years.
By contrast, residents of Copmanthorpe, less than 2.5 miles due south, have an average life expectancy of 87.1 years for men and 91.8 years for women.
In June, housing executive Cllr Michael Pavlovic described Chapelfields, which is in the Westfield ward, as “an area of significant deprivation” where its people “have been left behind from an investment perspective.”
Cllr Jo Coles, the health executive and ward councillor for Westfield has made health inequality one of her priorities.
“The health inequalities in the city are really stark, which is the thing that we want to address,” she said.
“The thing at the heart of what I’m doing and actions I’m taking is the huge health inequality gap currently.”
Reflecting on the difference between how long the most poor and the most rich live, Cllr Coles said: “That can’t be right.
“We are a brilliant, wealthy, fantastic city but the inequality is pretty stark.”
Cllr Chris Steward, who is one of three Conservative councillors on the City of York Council, reperesents Copmanthorpe.
He said: “The people of Westfield are noticeably poorer than people in Copmanthorpe.
“People don’t think we have the poverty differences you would expect in bigger cities, but we do.”
How is this fixed? “More progressive taxes,” Cllr Steward said as one example.
He added: “Taxing the rich is a more progressive tax” and said that council tax is a more regressive way of taxing people.
Over the next ten years, the York Health and Wellbeing Strategy has set out an ambition to reduce the gap in healthy life expectancy between the richest and poorest communities in York.