Ageing numbers

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The Office of National Statistics (ONS) in November pumped out another batch of data relating to the ageing of the UK – here are some of the highlights:

  • The number of state pensioners will increase by around one third between 2012 and 2037 (to 16.1 million)
  • The average age will increase rises from 39.7 years in 2012 to 42.8 by mid-2037
  • By 2037, the number of working-age people for each person of state retirement age will fall to 2.7 from the current 3.2
  • The number of those aged over 80 will double over 25 years to 6.2m people
  • The number of women aged 105 and older will rise almost 10-fold to 3,404