Office for National Statistics: Living longer – how our population is changing and why it matters

13 August 2018
Source: The Office for National Statistics

Overview of population ageing in the UK and some of the implications for the economy, Office for National Statistics Logopublic services, society and the individual.

Statistics and projections produced by Office for National Statistics (ONS) have long shown that the UK’s population is ageing. Our latest projections show that in 50 years’ time, there are likely to be an additional 8.6 million people aged 65 years and over – a population roughly the size of London.

The changing and ageing structure of our population is driven primarily by two factors. Firstly, improvements in life expectancy mean that people are living longer and reaching older ages. Along with this, there has been a decrease in fertility, people are having fewer children and are having children later in life.

The ageing population and changing structure of the population will bring both opportunities and challenges for the economy, services and society at national and local levels. This report sets out some of the data and analyses relevant to these three policy domains. It aims to give a resource for policy-makers, commentators, think-tanks, academics, charities and the public to use when considering how the UK should adapt to the opportunities and challenges that our changing population brings. It is supported by a complementary slide pack that provides additional evidence on the themes covered.

For the full go to the ONS website

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