Pensioner households in Lancaster to increase by more than third within 25 years

The number of pensioner households in Lancaster will rise by more than a third within 25 years, according to official projections.

Friday, 5th October 2018, 11:50 am
Updated Saturday, 6th October 2018, 9:08 am
People are living longer and remaining in their own homes.

There will be 25,008 households where the head of the household is over 65 by 2041, calculations by the Office for National Statistics show. That’s a rise of 36 per cent.

And households with 
people over 85 are set to soar, 
rising by 87 per cent to 4,805.

Age UK, a charity working with older people, says a 
“revolution” is needed in social care to support the ageing population in their own homes.

Older people account for most of the growth in the number of households in the next two decades.

The projections show that the number of younger households in Lancaster will fall by 2041. Under 25 households will go down by seven per cent and the 25-34 age bracket by one per cent.

The ONS believes that by 2041 there will be an extra 4m households in England, but this is fewer than previously forecast. It says that the slower growth is due to assumptions about births, life expectancy, migration and new forecasts on the numbers of people who will continue to live with parents or cohabitate.

The projections show that in Lancaster the number of households will climb to 61,707 by 2041, while the population will grow by 3,535 to 136,233.

Joanna Harkrader, from the Centre for Ageing and Demography at the ONS, said: “This shows the impact an ageing population is having on household growth.”

The ONS defines a household as a single person living alone, or a group of people who live at the same address and share rooms and a kitchen. A household may be a family, more than one family, or a group of unrelated people.

Dr Elizabeth Webb, of Age UK, said it was great news that people were living longer. She said that while many would remain independent there would be a growing need for health and social care that could not be fulfilled already.

“The over 85 group is the fastest growing and the most likely to have the greatest needs for social and health care, which has an impact on the health service.” Dr Webb said.

“It’s about having a person there to help get them out of bed, help them wash and dress and to put a meal on the table. This needs people, not a technological solution.

“The social care workforce is understaffed and there’s not enough cash to provide the support that’s needed.

“Older people today are more likely than future generations to have children to help care for them. In future we’ll see more people living alone and more without someone to care for them.”