Is UK ready for ageing population?

Posted on 14 March 2011

The majority of people in the UK believe public spending cuts have left the country unprepared for an ageing population, which may make paying for care difficult in the future.

A survey by Age UK revealed that 84 per cent of people do not think national government is ready to handle a spike in the number of older people, while 79 per cent think the same about their local councils.

According to the charity, the number of people aged 60 or over is expected to rise by more than 50 per cent in the next quarter-century.

"Our polling shows that there is cross-generational support for protecting services for older people from the current spending cuts," said Michelle Mitchell, charity director for Age UK.

"We see a recognition that providing help and support to those in later life is important for society as a whole."

Responding to a recent statement by communities secretary Eric Pickles on budget cuts, Ms Mitchell urged local authorities to engage with voluntary organisations to see how they can help to keep services going.

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