From The Actuary, 24 January 2013:
The total number of deaths in England and Wales in 2012 was 499,000 – 15,000 more than in 2011 and in excess of the total for any of the three previous years.
Mortality worsened by 1% over last year for the combined male and female population – after a 3.8% improvement in 2011.
Men’s mortality improved by 0.2% and women’s worsened by 2%. This was significantly less than the average annual improvements of 2.8% for men and 2.2% for women seen over the 10 years to 2011.
Read the whole article here.