ONS National Population Projections: Number of people aged over 85 doubling by 2044 will bring about unprecedented societal change

In response to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) report on National Population Projections published today, Anne Willmot, age campaign director at Business in the Community, said:

“The number of people aged over 85 set to double by 2044 will bring about unprecedented societal change.

“The impact of people living longer will impact not just the NHS and care sectors but also businesses of every size.

“For the vast majority of us, the idea that we will be able to retire in our early or mid-sixties will soon be a pipe dream. 

“With people healthier for longer, and needing to maintain a decent level of income to support themselves, a sizeable percentage will want or need to remain in the workplace beyond state pension age.

“Businesses will also have to adapt to the fact that more employees will need to be part-time carers as their parents live longer.
 
“We’re currently working with companies to get a million more older workers into the workplace, but far too many businesses continue to sleepwalk their way into a serious crisis.
 
“We’re urging companies to be transparent and publish the number and percentage of older people they employ to show that they are tackling the issue of ageing workforces straight on. 
 
“Responsible businesses are already preparing for both the challenges and opportunities that an ageing population will bring, and putting in place age-friendly policies to make the most of the deep structural change emerging in the UK workforce.”

Read the ONS’s National Population Projections report.

“With people healthier for longer, and needing to maintain a decent level of income to support themselves, a sizeable percentage will want or need to remain in the workplace beyond state pension age.

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Katherine Howbrook, head of media and external affairs, Business in the Community. Tel: 07515 119096, Email: katherine.howbrook@bitc.org.uk
 
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