Quarter of Doncaster’s population expected to be pensioners by 2030

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Doncaster is ahead of a national trend towards living longer, with 24 per cent of the town’s population predicted to be over the age of 65 by 2030

Nationally, the percentage of over 65s today is just 18 per cent, and by 2030 this is expected to rise to a national average of 22 per cent.

The estimate comes from new figures released from the Office of National statistics.

The figures also show that by 2037 5 per cent of the population of the UK – or 1 in 20 people - will be over 85.

Responding to the figures, the older people’s charity Independent Age is calling on local and national government to plan for the big changes that an ageing society will bring.

Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age said: “If we act now, we can make sure Britain becomes the best place in the world to grow old, with people living longer lives in good health, able to contribute to their areas through longer working and volunteering activity, and remaining in touch with friends, families and communities.

“We need to start now by having an honest discussion about how we adapt our health and care system to an ageing society – and we how we pay for it.”

This comes two years after House of Lords Committee said the country is ‘woefully under-prepared’ to meet the challenges presented by population ageing