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The web links below are useful for finding information about older people in the UK.

On this page we’ll explain:

National level statistics

The links below are good sources for official statistics at the national level.

UK Data Archive

UK Data Archive


From the Government's Economic and Social Data Service, you can search for information on variables on more than 550 datasets, including the following surveys:

  • Annual Population Survey (End user licensed datasets only)
  • Labour Force Surveys/Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey
  • General Household Survey/Continuous Household Survey (Northern Ireland)
  • Family Expenditure Survey/Northern Ireland Family Expenditure Survey
  • Expenditure and Food Survey National Food Survey
  • Family Resources Survey
  • ONS Omnibus Survey
  • Survey of English Housing
  • Health Survey for England/Welsh Health Survey/Scottish Health Survey (SHeS)
  • Scottish Crime Survey
  • British Social Attitudes/Scottish Social Attitudes/Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (and the former Northern Ireland Social Attitudes)/Young People's Social Attitudes (periodic offshoot of the BSA)
  • National Travel Survey
  • Time Use Survey

Office for National Statistics

New ONS publications

Labour market stats

House of Commons

Library (deposited papers)

Department for Work and Pensions

Stats and surveys (Family Resources Survey, Households Below Average Income, Pensioner Income Series)

DWP benefit take-up estimates

Department of Health/NHS

NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)

Online NHS comparators

GP Patient Survey

Local level statistics

The web links below are useful for finding information about older people in the UK. Some of them require you to register (usually no charge). These pages are places to find out information at the local level.

Projecting Older People: Population Information (POPPI)

Health and care statistics at England, Region, Local Authority, and District levels. Note: you have to register to access the data, but it is free - just click on the Register button in Login box. This covers ages 65+.

For ages 16 - 64, see the parallel site PANSI.

DWP local stats (Tab Tool)Benefit (including carer allowance and pension credit) take-up at local authority and Region available.

NOMIS (Official labour market statistics - employment etc) Available at national, regional, local authority, and ward levels.

Church Urban Fund poverty statistics At parish level, ranks parish paverty, and compares selected parish poverty on several indicators to the lowest and highest in the country.

Neighbourhood statisticsOfficial National Statistics on many topics. Local Authority to Ward level.

Active people survey Sport and exercise data split by age band (55+ is all older people); available at Local Authority level.

Centres of Ageing Research

Click on the link below to browse Centres of Ageing Research:

Centres of Ageing Research

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081

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