Coping with an ageing population in the UK

What are the issues?

  • There are decreasing numbers of economically active people in the population and more elderly dependents.

What can be done about it?

  • People are encouraged to save for their retirement in pensions and investments.
  • The retirement age is increasing.
  • Facilities such as nursing homes and care workers will be needed, perhaps in preference to schools and nurseries, as the population gets older.
  • Economically active skilled and unskilled migrants could be encouraged.