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					CREATING AN AGE-FRIENDLY SOCIETY

Our society is changing
  •   In 2007 people aged 65 and over outnumbered children for the first time.

  •   There are 11.2 million people aged between 49 and 63 in the UK. 5.7 million of these are
      women and 5.5 million are men.

  •   One in four children born today can expect to live to be 100.

  •   Today, we can expect to live, on average, a quarter of our lives in retirement.

  •   In 20 years’ time, a quarter of all adults will be over 65 and the number of people over 85 will
      have doubled.




                                                                             The proportion of older people in the UK is growing rapidly
                                    45%
      Proportion of UK population




                                    40%
                                    35%
                                    30%
                                    25%
                                    20%
                                    15%
                                    10%
                                    5%
                                    0%
                                          2006
                                                 2007
                                                        2008
                                                               2009
                                                                      2010
                                                                             2011
                                                                                    2012
                                                                                           2013
                                                                                                  2014
                                                                                                          2015
                                                                                                                 2016
                                                                                                                        2017
                                                                                                                               2018
                                                                                                                                      2019
                                                                                                                                             2020
                                                                                                                                                    2021
                                                                                                                                                           2022
                                                                                                                                                                  2023
                                                                                                                                                                         2024
                                                                                                                                                                                2025
                                                                                                                                                                                       2026
                                                                                                                                                                                              2027
                                                                                                                                                                                                     2028
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2029
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2030
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2031
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2036
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2041
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2046
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2051
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2056




                                                                                                         Proportion of over 50s in the whole population

                                                                                                         Proportion of over 65s in the whole population


                                                                                                          Source: ONS population projections




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People are living longer, healthier lives which benefits individuals,
the economy and society
  •   People will have longer to spend with their loved ones, doing activities they enjoy later in life.

  •   Over half of people aged between 49 and 63 are looking to achieve as much in the next 20
      years as they have in the last 20.

  •   Over half of people aged between 49 and 63 want to get fit by taking up Pilates, yoga or
      going to the gym.

  •   The number of people aged between 65 and 70 using the internet every day, or almost every
      day, is growing.



                           Every day or almost              At least once a week
                     Every day or almost                   At least once a week
  • The number of peopleday between (but andevery day) the internetmonth or lessless
                                every day
                                         aged
                             every2007 2008                    65 not every day)
                                                            (but not2007 using
                                                                          70             Once a
                                                                                                every or
                                                                                          Once a 2007 day,
                                                                                                 month 2008
     Age groups           2006                                2006              2008      2006
  Age groups
     16-24            200660 2007 2008   70       77         2006 2007 2008
                                                                  26       22     19       2006 2007 2008
                                                                                            13      8      ..
  Frequency of use 6063 Internet by recent internet22
  16-24 44
     25-                 of the 70       70     7772             26
                                                                  26        users in the UK,1by age 7 8
                                                                                                    groups8 ..
                                                                           22      19
                                                                                  19         13
                                                                                             1
  25-44 54
     45-                 6362 70         67     7265             26
                                                                  24       22
                                                                           23      19
                                                                                  27         11
                                                                                            14     10 7    8 8
  45-54 64
     55-                 6249 67         60     6564             24
                                                                  33       23
                                                                           29      27
                                                                                  25        114
                                                                                             8      10 11 8
                                                                                                   11
  55-64 70
     65-                 4943 60         46     6454              34
                                                                 33        29     27
                                                                                   25       218
                                                                                             4     24
                                                                                                    11 1911
  65-70 ce: Office for National Statis46 (2008) National Statistics Omnibus29 ey 27
     Sour                43           tics      54               34        Surv              24     24       19
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  Source: OfficeDisclosive estimate
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  •   People over 50 currently account for 80% of national wealth and nearly 40% of UK annual
      consumer spending. Higher numbers of experienced employees and a bigger base of
      entrepreneurs and consumers has benefits for the economy.

  •   People aged between 50 and 64 have the highest disposable income of any age group.

  •   Almost one third of unpaid carers in England are aged 60 or over.

  •   This unpaid work has benefits for communities and society as a whole. It is worth £24 billion
      a year: £3.9billion caring for grand children, £5 billion volunteering, and £15.2 billion caring
      for frail, ill, or disabled adults.




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But an ageing society presents us with challenges too
  •   37% of those aged between 49 and 63 think the next 20 years will be worse than the last 20.

  •   31% of those aged 80 and over felt discriminated against when trying to obtain quotations for
      motor insurance, travel insurance and car hire, compared with 2% of those aged between 30
      and 49.

  •   The employment rate of those over state pension age is 11%, despite the fact that a majority
      of people say they would like to do some kind of work for longer than this.

  •   By 2031, 1.2 million people over 65 will receive care from their husband or wife.



Since 1997 the Government has done a great deal to create a more
age-friendly society. We have:
  •   Provided over 60s with free prescriptions, free off-peak England-wide bus travel, free
      eyesight tests, free TV licenses for over 75s, help with central heating and insulation for
      Pension Credit recipients and free energy efficiency measures (including insulation) for those
      aged over 70.

  •   Increased the basic State Pension by 7% more than inflation.

  •   Introduced Pension Credit which ensures no pensioner need live on less than £130 per
      week, compared to £69 per week in 1997.

  •   Introduced Winter Fuel Payments of £200 for households with someone aged between 60
      and 79, and £300 for households with someone aged 80 and over. Additional one-off Winter
      Fuel Payment will be repeated for winter 2009/10 to help pensioners during difficult times.

  •   Outlawed age discrimination and harassment in the workplace through the Employment
      Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.

  •   Announced that from April 2011 grandparents and other adult family members looking after
      children aged up to 12 for 20 hours a week or more will get National Insurance credits
      towards the basic State Pension.




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But we need to do more
   •   One in four people aged between 49 and 63 say they are experiencing age discrimination.

   •   47% of people in this age bracket agree that discrimination in general will get worse as they
       get older.

   •   93% of people in this age bracket agree that it is important for the Government to take action
       to tackle age discrimination.




That is why we published a new Equality Bill and are working on a
new strategy for an age-friendly society
   •   The Equality Bill will ban age discrimination outside the workplace. It will not affect products
       or services for people where age-based treatment is clearly beneficial, for example, like flu
       vaccinations for the over-65s. The law will only stop age discrimination where it has negative
       or harmful consequences. 89% of people aged between 49 and 63 are in favour of the
       introduction of the Equality Bill to end age discrimination.

   •   The Bill will also put a new Equality Duty on public sector bodies. The Duty will mean that
       public bodies need to think about the needs of everyone who uses their services or works for
       them, regardless of their age. For example, a local council may put extra benches in local
       parks so people of all ages can enjoy parks too.

   •   The Government’s strategy for an ageing society will set out our vision for a society for all
       ages. This will include measures to improve preparation for later life, encourage participation
       in later life, provide the right support to people, and deliver effectively. Addressing these
       areas will help individuals and society more widely, and ensure that we make later lives a
       time of opportunity for people to enjoy. The strategy will be published soon.




More information
For more information on the work of the Government Equalities Office visit www.equalities.gov.uk.

Alternatively you can contact our general enquiries line on 020 7944 0601 or email
enquiries@geo.gsi.gov.uk.




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