UK's over-85 population set to double by 2045 - govt projections

Aged population to double in 25 years

Jenna Brown
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Social care pressure mounts as over-85 population set to double

Social care pressure mounts as over-85 population set to double

The social care system will come under ever-increasing pressure as the number of people in the UK aged over 85 is set to double in the next 25 years, according to official projections, raising questions about the system’s ability to cope.

The government statistics, released on Wednesday (12 January), project the number of people living past 85 will increase from 1.7 million in 2020 to 3.1 million by 2045. This cohort of the population will...

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