The London Borough of Bromley

Bromley has a greater proportion of older people than the national average. The 2001 census recorded 63,719 (23% of the population) aged 60 years and over living in the Borough. The number of people aged 75 and over is increasing - 8.22% of the population – 40% of whom live alone. (1)

Almost 16% people of pensionable age in LBB are on Pension Credits or low incomes. (2)

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In 2003 there were 20 million people over the age of 50. By 2021 this will rise to over 25 million. (3)

On average a boy born in 2005 will live to 86 and a girl will live to 90. (4)

A quarter of families rely on grandparents to provide childcare each week. Over £1 billion a year is saved through grandparents acting as babysitters. (5)

3 million people over 50 provide care to someone who is frail, sick or disabled. Caring by older people is worth £15.2 billion each year. (6)

Only 35% of people over 50 use the internet, but 50% of these say it has given them a new lease of life. 43% use the internet to search for far-flung relatives and friends, 22% use it to play games and 7% use it to look for love. (7)

Up to £2.9 billion of income related benefits go unclaimed by older people each year. (8)

Up to 40,000 more people die in winter than in summer – and 95% of these are over 65. (9)

Fauja Singh took up marathon running at 81, and is now a world record holder for the fastest time in his age group despite being 94!

Footnotes

(1) 2001 Census, [Key Statistics for Local Authorities]. Crown copyright 2004. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO

(2) 2001 Census, [Key Statistics for Local Authorities]. Crown copyright 2004. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO, and DWP

(3) The Economy and Older People, Age Concern EnglandFeb 2004

(4) Government Actuary’s Department, quoted on http://www.news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4359408.stm 20/10/05

(5) Abbey National Survey, quoted on http://www.news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2255156.stm 13/9/02

(6) The Economic Contribution of Older People, Age Concern England 2004

(7) Office of National Statistics and Helwlett Packard, quoted on http://www.news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4582831.stm

(8) Age Concern Campaign Guide 2005/06 p21

(9) Office of National Statistics, quoted in Age Concern Campaign Guide 2005/06 p40