Our society is ageing, affecting many different areas and changing ways in which we work, save, support each other, where and how we live and how we approach planning for the future.

Each year ILC-UK publishes a 'Factpack' of statistics and analysis. In it we highlight important and significant trends in our changing demography and discuss what they mean to people in the UK. Click on the images below to view our Factpacks from 2013-2016.

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What people say about ILC-UK's publications and events:

“ILC-UK are policy and research experts on ageing and demographic change. They engage widely with decision makers and opinion formers and reach out beyond the usual suspects through their very popular events”
Lord Filkin, Chair, Centre for better Ageing

The ILC-UK bring an intelligent, evidence-based and thoughtful approach to the debate on how to address the different challenges posed by the UK's rapidly ageing population.

They reach out across different sectors and groups to deliver a meaningful contribution and assist policy makers in making the right decision.

They are highly respected in Government and Parliament, and we are delighted to be involved with them and support their work

Gary Day, Director, McCarthy & Stone

ILC-UK has been an invaluable member of the Drink Wise, Age Well Strategic Partnership.

Whilst the majority of the partners are experienced in operational and frontline delivery of adult services, ILC-UK have guided us expertly in the area of policy impact and engaging key players through their events.

Additionally the Drink Wise, Age Well report written by ILC-UK has helped us get the issue of alcohol use and the over 50s to a much wider audience

Julie Breslin, Head of Programme, Drink Wise, Age Well - Addaction

Here are 10 important facts about our ageing population, drawn from ILC-UK research and analysis:

  • Between 2000 and 2014, the gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy rose from 6.4 years to 8.1 years for men, and from 8.2 years to 9.6 years for women.
  • 3.7 million people aged 50+ work in health and social work, education and wholesale and retail representing between 27% and 35% of their respective sectors. But agriculture is most heavily reliant on older workers, with almost half of the workforce (47.5%) over the age of 50.
  • The population in the UK is both growing and ageing. By 2040, 75 and overs will double to around 10 million. By 2045, around 1 in 4 people in the UK will be aged 65 or over.
  • In 77% of Parliamentary constituencies in England and Wales, over 55 voters outnumber 18-34 year old voters.
  • 1 in 10 people reaching the age of 65 have faced lifetime care costs of over £100,000.
  • 48.2% of over 55s have either downsized, or are considering downsizing if the right properties are available.
  • In a low-migration scenario in which the social care sector remains as attractive as it is today, there will be a social care workforce gap of more than 750,000 people by 2037.
  • Nearly 9 in 10 of people aged 65-79 live in under-occupied housing - over 50% live in homes with two or more excess bedrooms.
  • As of October 2016, 80.6% of Defined Benefit pension schemes were in deficit. Between 10-17% of these schemes are at serious risk of default.
  • If current trends continue and no action is taken, the number of people with dementia in the UK is forecast to increase to more than 1.1 million by 2025, and more than 2 million by 2051.