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The London Borough of Bromley

Bromley is the largest London borough at approximately 150 square kilometers.  It has over 45 conservation areas and a wide range of historic and listed buildings.  Although Bromley is a relatively prosperous area, the communities within Bromley differ substantially.  The North-East and North-West of the borough contend with similar issues (such as higher levels of deprivation and disease prevalence) to those found in the inner London Boroughs we border (Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Greenwich) while in the South the borough compares more with rural Kent it its issues. 

The latest estimate of the resident population of Bromley is 330,909 (2017) with an increase of  approximately 20,800 over the next 10 years.

The proportion of older people in Bromley ( aged 65 and over) is expected to increase gradually from 17% of the population (in 2017) to 19% over the next 10 years.

The numbers of older people in Bromley are rising and health and social care provision needs to reflect the increased need.  The rise in the number of the over 75 year olds since 2010 has had and will continue to have an impact on the provision of health and social care services in Bromley

The Royal London Borough of Greenwich

Greenwich is located on the south bank of the river Thames.  It has Lewisham to the west, Bexley to the east and Bromley to south.  Greenwich has the longest river frontage of all the London boroughs - approximately eight miles!  Around 15% of it's total area is occupied by green and open space.

According to the ONS 2011 Census there were around 254,557 people living in the Greenwich borough.

It has been estimated that in 2016 around 11% of the population will be over 65 years old.  Predictions for the year 2026 include a 30% increase in this age group as people move into the borough.  Life expectancy in Greenwich has been rising since 2000 but is  still shorter than the national average - a child born in 2000 would live to 74.2 years if male and 80.1 years if female (compared with 76 if male and 80.7 if female, nationally).


Our Broader UK Society

  • In 2003 there were 20 million people over the age of 50.  By 2021 this will rise to over 25 million. (1)
  • On average a boy born in 2005 will live to 86 and a girl will live to 90. (2)
  • A quarter of families rely on grandparents to provide childcare each week. Over £1 billion a year is saved through grandparents acting as babysitters. (3)
  • 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. (4)
  • 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. (5)
  • Up to £2.9 billion of income related benefits go unclaimed by older people each year. (6)
  • Up to 40,000 more people die in winter than in summer – and 95% of these are over 65. (7)


  1. The Economy and Older People, Age Concern EnglandFeb 2004
  2. Government Actuary’s Department, quoted on 20/10/05
  3. Abbey National Survey, quoted on 13/9/02
  4. The Economic Contribution of Older People, Age Concern England 2004
  5. Office of National Statistics and Helwlett Packard, quoted on
  6. Age Concern Campaign Guide 2005/06 p21
  7. Office of National Statistics, quoted in Age Concern Campaign Guide 2005/06 p40