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Population

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his estimate is of (a) the population of the United Kingdom and (b) the percentage of the population who will be senior citizens in (i) 2014, (ii) 2019 and (iii) 2024. (250201)

[holding answer 22 January 2009]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated January 2009:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your question regarding what the estimate is of (a) the population of the United Kingdom and (b) the percentage of the population who will be senior citizens in (i) 2014, (ii) 2019 and (iii) 2024. I am replying in her absence. (250201)

Table 1 below shows the projected population of the United Kingdom for 2014, 2019 and 2024 together with the percentage of the population that will have reached state pension age in each of these years. These are based on the state pension age applicable in each year so they take into account the forthcoming increases in state pension age.

Table 1: Projected population of the United Kingdom, 2014, 2019 and 2024

Total population (million)

Percentage at state pensionable age1

2014

64

19

2019

66

19

2024

68

20

1 These percentages allow for forthcoming increases to the state pension age for women, from 60 to 65, which is a graduated change between 2010 and 2020. They also allow for further changes between 2024 and 2026, when the state pension age will increase from 65 to 66 for both men and women.

Source:

2006-based national population projections.