ILC responds to ONS figures on population growth
Responding to the latest ONS figures on population growth today, Global Policy and Influencing Manager at the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC) Lily Parsey commented:
“The figures published by the ONS today show that while overall population growth is at its lowest in fifteen years, older age groups are continuing to grow, and fast.”
“So when we’re thinking about the future of our society, we’re not just seeing the size of our population changing but very importantly also the make-up.”
“A growing older population could mean more older workers, more older consumers and more older people contributing to society through volunteering and caring. There really could be a longevity dividend for us all.”
“But the reality is, Government remains woefully underprepared for ageing. And we aren’t doing enough to tackle inequalities in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. Our social care system is failing older people whilst younger people are saving too little for old age.”
“A growing older population ought to be good news for individuals and society – but to realise this, we need to radically rethink the way we work, care and play and adapt to the needs of an ageing society.”
For press queries, please contact Lily Parsey at LilyParsey@ilcuk.org.uk or 07400 294694.
The ILC is the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society, and what happens next.
Since our inception, we have published over 250 reports, organised over 300 events including the annual Future of Ageing conference.
We work with central government, local government, the private sector, and professional and academic associations to provoke conversations and pioneer solutions for a society where everyone can thrive, regardless of age.
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