How many older people are there living in London?
According to the 2011 Census, there are 8.17 million people living in London. Of these, over 2 million people (25.5%) are aged 50 or over and around 1.25 million (15%) are aged 60 or over. For a further breakdown of population statistics by London borough, see our key stats.
 
What issues are important to older people in London?
There are a multitude of issues which impact on the lives of London’s older residents but some of the most common include money worries, transport issues and isolation.
 
Is it worse to be older in London than other places in the UK?
There are some issues such as crime and the pace of life which are more difficult for older people in London compared with many other areas in the UK and we know that pensioner poverty is greater in London than the rest of the country.
 
Are people still discriminated against because of their age?
60% of older people in the UK agree that age discrimination exists in the daily lives of older people and 53% of adults agree that once you reach very old age, people tend to treat you as a child. Age discrimination is still a real issue in workplaces, service provision and even the media where older people are too often portrayed either as hapless victims or a drain on the economy.
 
How bad is pensioner poverty in London?
Over 27% of older Londoners live below the poverty line. Poorer older people not only have a lower life expectancy but also spend more of their shorter lives with disabilities or other health problems. The government must take urgent steps to reduce health inequalities between rich and poor across the country, and create a much fairer job market for older people.
 
Do you support the scrapping of the default retirement age?
Yes, in principle. Everybody stands to win from scrapping forced retirement. People over 65 will have full employment rights for the first time. The economy will benefit from older workers’ precious skills and experience and their increased buying power. Public finances will receive a boost from more people paying taxes for longer. However it is important that older people who are not able or do not wish to work are not penalised under the new system.
 
Can you provide me with a real-life case study?
Yes. We have numerous service users and volunteers who are happy to share their story with you to help promote older people’s issues and the work of Age UK London. Please try and give us as long a lead time as possible and remember, where possible, to reference Age UK London in your piece. See our case studies page for further details.
 
What is the relationship between Age UK London and Age UK?
We are a regional organisation working closely with local Age Concerns and Age UKs in each of the London boroughs and the national organization Age UK. We are a separate registered charity but exist as part of Age UK's federation structure where all brand partners share knowledge and expertise to ensure the best possible service for older people across London and the UK.

How many older people are there living in London?

According to the 2011 Census, there are 8.17 million people living in London. Of these, over 2 million people (25.5%) are aged 50 or over and around 1.25 million (15%) are aged 60 or over.

What issues are important to older people in London?

There are a multitude of issues which impact on the lives of London’s older residents but some of the most common include money worries, transport issues and loneliness and isolation. For more on this, please read Making London a Great Place to Grow Older.

Is it worse to be older in London than other places in the UK?

There are some issues such as crime and the pace of life which are more difficult for older people in London compared with many other areas in the UK and we know that pensioner poverty is greater in London than the rest of the country. 

Are people still discriminated against because of their age?

60% of older people in the UK agree that age discrimination exists in the daily lives of older people and 53% of adults agree that once you reach very old age, people tend to treat you as a child. Age discrimination is still a real issue in workplaces, service provision and even the media where older people are too often portrayed either as hapless victims or a drain on the economy. 

Can you provide me with a real-life case study?

Yes. We have numerous service users and volunteers who are happy to share their story with you to help promote older people’s issues and the work of Age UK London. Please try and give us as long a lead time as possible and remember, where possible, to reference Age UK London in your piece. See our case studies page for further details. 

What is the relationship between Age UK London and Age UK?

We are a regional organisation working closely with local Age UKs in each of the London boroughs and the national organization Age UK. We are a separate registered charity but exist as part of Age UK's federation structure where all brand partners share knowledge and expertise to ensure the best possible service for older people across London and the UK.

If your query is not answered above please contact the Age UK London Media Team on 020 7820 6778.