Population ageing will affect all of us. To help us understand the issue, our project looked at the best scientific evidence on how population ageing will affect us as individuals, and society as a whole, both now and in the future. We collected evidence from a wide range of sources. We commissioned 22 peer-reviewed evidence reviews; held expert meetings to discuss topics ranging from health and care to housing; and visited 10 different regions and administrations across the UK to learn directly about local experiences of population ageing.
The project has and is continuing to have significant impact on the way the UK government and wider stakeholders think about and plan for population ageing.
We would like to thank the many collaborators and contributors during the course of the project, who helped to ensure that the work was impactful and insightful, most particularly our Lead Expert Group.
You can view the final reports or download the workshop materials we developed and use them to understand how population ageing will impact your own area of interest.
Foresight's work continues
Foresight continues our work to bring leading research to policy colleagues, providing evidence to help inform their longer-term thinking. We are currently undertaking projects on the Future of Skills and Lifelong Learning and the Future of the Sea, and will be announcing a new project shortly.
During the Foresight Future of an Ageing Population project we worked with Policy Lab to run a series of workshops. In these sessions, we presented policymakers with evidence from our project on specially-designed cards, and asked them to use these cards to think about what population ageing means for their area of policy.
We’ve received considerable interest from across the UK and Europe in our materials since the workshops and so have updated them and made them available.
Many people wonder how government scientific and economic reports are used in practice. Do they feed directly into policy, can they influence industrial action or do they just gather dust on the shelf?
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