16:49 18 July 2012
Recent census statistics have revealed that Britain’s population is ageing, and fast. According to the new figures, one in six people living in Britain is aged over 65.
In total, the elderly population now makes up 16 per cent of the population. And aside from the rising number of those over 65, the number of people over 90 also increased by more than a quarter in just 10 years.
The study concluded that there are now 900,000 additional pensioners in Britain compared to the figures a decade ago.
The census also found that the higher concentration of older people in the country is found in the South West, and other seaside areas are following suit.
The trend does not show signs of stopping either. Forecasts show that even more people are expected to draw up their pensions this year.
These recent records, which were released by the Office of National Statistics, have raised concerns about state pension and the cost of care for the elderly. This also led to some propositions that the retirement age will be increased.
Despite these concerns, it was also discovered that pensioners have never been richer and more comfortable in the past 15 years and that the state is giving them a better deal than workers.
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