Lancaster is ahead of a national trend towards living longer, with 24 per cent of its population predicted to be over the age of 65 by 2030 – higher than the national average of 22 per cent.
Nationally, the percentage of over 65s today is just 18 per cent.
The estimate comes from new figures released today from the Office of National statistics. The figures also show that by 2037 five per cent of the population of the UK – one in 20 people – will be over 85.
The expected rise could be due to the strong link between an area’s wealth and the average age of its residents – in wealthier areas, people tend to live longer, while factors that push down average age include relative poverty and a large student population.Responding to the figures, the older people’s charity Independent Age is calling on local and national government to plan for the big changes that an ageing society will bring.
Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age, said:
“If we act now, we can make sure Britain becomes the best place in the world to grow old, with people living longer lives in good health, able to contribute to their areas through longer working and volunteering activity, and remaining in touch with friends, families and communities.
We need to start now by having an honest discussion about how we adapt our health and care system to an ageing society – and we how we pay for it.”