Our new report ‘Demographic change and housing wealth’ explores the projected changes in the population over the next two decades. This is the first in a series of blogs that will highlight some of the key findings, and pose questions we’d like your opinion on.
Gerald Koessl, Research Officer, National Housing Federation
14 February 2018
The population of England is set to rise by around 9 million by 2039. Almost two thirds of that increase will occur in the pension age bracket. So what does this mean for housing? And how will this impact on health care services?
There’s much to celebrate about our ageing population. Improvements in health and medicine in many Western societies over recent decades have led to longer lives for a growing number of people. But this also means the population, in relative terms, is ageing. By 2039, the number of people in England aged 65 or above will have increased by 5.7 million.
Our ageing population will have a big impact on health and care services, and the type and level of services that will be needed.
These changes are not uniform across the country, however, and are going to look very different in different regions. While London’s population is expected to grow by 2.4 million, in the North East the increase is expected to be just 2%. Some local authorities in the North West and the North East could even be faced with a potential decrease in population.
While population change in London, the South East and the East will be driven by a combination of an increase of people of pension-age, working-age and children, changes in northern regions will predominantly be a result of an increase of the pension-age population.
With all of this happening alongside stark socio-economic disparities, and large differences in health and life expectancy between regions and local areas, (e.g. male life expectancy ranges from 74.7 years for someone born in Blackpool to 83.3 years for someone born in Kensington and Chelsea), the impact on health and care services has a regional focus too.
Join the conversation – how will this affect your organisation and region?
We’d like your opinion on how these changes will impact on your provision of housing services and your local area. How do you think it will affect your organisation?