Grey Britain has more pensioners than children
Pensioners outnumber children for the first time as more and more people live longer, new figures show.
The fastest-growing pensioner group is the over-80s, who are benefiting from improved diets and healthcare. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the future is grey, with the pensioner population projected to grow to more than 12 million within two years.
The long-term implications of the pensioner population rising to 11,561,000 and the number of under-16s falling to 11,509,000 last year will affect housing, health and education in the years to come.
Within the overall figures, the number of over-80s has doubled to 2.7million in the past 27 years.