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Saturday, March 26, 2005
 
Pensioners to outnumber youths within eight years

GERRI PEEV
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
22 March 2005

PENSIONERS will outnumber children in the United Kingdom in just eight years, according to a study which highlights the looming population crisis.

The number of people aged over 65 has soared by 28 per cent in 30 years as advances in medicine and improvements in relative prosperity fuel longevity, the Social Trends Survey by the Office of National Statistics found.

Meanwhile, the number of under 16-year-olds has dropped by 18 per cent.

Despite an increased lifespan, the study warned that more elderly people than ever would suffer from ill-health.

The burdens on public services would intensify as more elderly people required long-term care - a service which is "free" in Scotland but which English and Welsh pensioners must pay for.

From: The Scotsman

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