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Ageing UK puts strain on workers

Workers face more financial pressure as the UK's ageing population expands

The ratio of workers to pensioners is expected to decline over the next 25 years putting employees under financial pressure, a population survey suggests.

The Office of National Statistics says there were 3.3 UK workers for every pensioner last year. By 2032, this is forecast to fall to 2.9 workers.

The report also showed by the same year, one in four will be over 65 and the number of over-85s will double.

The findings suggest health and social care will come under greater strain.

The annual study looked at a range of factors shaping the UK's ageing population.

It concluded people were staying healthier for longer, but a greater number of older people meant there could be more sick people putting more pressure on care services.

It found the highest proportion of elderly people is in Wales, where more than one in five are over 65, according to the report.

More specifically, coastal local authorities in east Dorset, north Norfolk and west Somerset have some of the largest ageing populations, while urban areas including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Slough and Manchester have the smallest.

Map showing where pensioners live

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