The Demographic Situation

The UK population is ageing rapidly, but the Committee found that the Government and our society are woefully underprepared

The Committee focused on the implications of an ageing population for individuals and public policy in the near future, the decade 2020–2030. Key projections about ageing include:

  • 51% more people aged 65 and over in England  in 2030 compared to 2010
  • 101% more people aged 85 and over in England in 2030 compared to 2010
  • 10.7 million people in Great Britain can currently expect inadequate retirement incomes
  • over 50% more people with three or more long-term conditions in England by 2018 compared to 2008
  • over 80% more people aged 65 and over with dementia (moderate or severe cognitive impairment) in England and Wales by 2030 compared to 2010.

These developments will have a profound impact on a broad range of public services. The Committee outlined how changes will be necessary in health and social care, pensions and savings, attitudes to ageing and retirement, and housing provision, and considered questions of fairness within and between generations.   See the report home page for links to further videos of Lord Filkin discussing these issues.

Ready for ageing? - full interview

Related information

Ready for Ageing?

The Public Service and Demographic Change Committee's Report:

Evidence Volume

See the oral and written evidence submitted to the Committee over the course of the inquiry:

What does ageing mean where you live?

Different areas will see different rates of demographic change. These tables  show the predicted increase in the number of people aged 65+ and 85+ in English regions between 2010 and 2030.

The Public Service and Demographic Change Committee