Redbridge’s elderly population to only rise slightly, new data says
The country’s elderly population is set to rise sharply in the next 20 years, but not in Redbridge new data suggests.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the average age of the borough’s population will rise from just under 35 to just over 36 by the year 2033.
The UK’s average population will rise almost twice as fast in the same period, to just over 42.
Data from the ONS also maps out Redbridge’s strengthening younger population in the next 20 years.
While nationally the nation’s 65-84-year-olds are expected to make up more than 18 per cent of the population by 2033, compared to 14 per cent at present, just 11.8 per cent of Redbridge’s population will be made up of this age bracket.
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That is only higher than at present.
The number of under 16s in the borough will also increase slightly to 22.5 per cent, while nationally it will fall to 17.8 per cent in the next 22 years.
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Redbridge’s 16-49-year-olds will fall to less than 50 per cent next year for the first time since 2002.
But again, this age bracket is and will continue to be better represented in Redbridge than the UK average over the next 22 years.
Finally, the borough’s over 85s will rise from 1.8 to 2.5 per cent by 2033.
Across the UK, this age bracket will double from 2.3 per cent now to 4.7 per cent by 2033.
The ONS figures come at the same time as news 20-year-olds are three times more likely to reach 100 than their grandparents.
They, together with results from this year’s census – which are not expected to be released in full until next year – all help the council get as much funding as possible from the government.
A Redbridge Council spokesman said: “How much out borough receives is directly related to the diversity and number of people living in our borough.”