Published: 26th May 2011

Old age has been creeping up on us for a while. But are central and local government responding to the UK’s ageing population? Jessica Smith and Sarah Longlands report The population of the UK is ageing. Over the last 25 years the percentage of the population aged 65 and over rose from 15% in 1984 to 16% in 2009, an increase of 1.7 million people. Over the same period, the percentage of those aged under 16 dropped from 21% to 19%. It’s a trend that raises both opportunities and challenges for policymakers and local service deliverers, particularly in terms of the impact of these changes on the labour market and local economies. Yet within economic development there is currently very little discussion about ageing, either in terms of forecasting demographic change and links with the economy or how local economic strategy may need to respond. To date, the debate has … (To read the full article, subscribe below)