The ageing population in Lincolnshire is projected to increase at a faster rate than regionally or nationally, widening the difference with other areas.

In addition to the exponential growth in the population of Lincolnshire the county also has an ageing population. At the time of the census in 2001, 18.8% of the Lincolnshire population was aged 65 and over, which equates to around 121,800 people. Mid-year estimates for 2005 have suggested that this has now risen to 19.5% (132,300 people). The number aged 15 - 64 has also risen and the proportion that this makes up of the total has increased slightly. It is therefore in the youngest age group that numbers have fallen. Between 2001 and 2005, the number of 0 - 14 year olds fell by more than 2,200 people (from 17.9% of the total to 16.8%). This is a major trend for member and partner organisations to address, should this trend continue the accompanying impacts could be changes to school provision and in the longer term, changed workforce patterns. It is projected by 2011, more than a quarter of East Lindsey’s population will be aged 65 and over, and the figures are only slightly lower for South Holland and Boston. This trend has a serious implication for our partner members and the infrastructure of support for this population that needs to be developed and supported in meeting the challenges of this increase. The dependency ratio will also continue to increase ensuring that more people will require services and need support from the local economy with less people contributing to the economy and actively able to provide services to this section of the community. Based on information available it is possible that the total number of people aged 65 and over could increase by around 77,000 between 2005 and 2021. Little change is projected to occur in the number of younger people and only a relatively small increase is projected in the middle age group. This will have implications for service provision from all sectors in the future and particularly within the key partners in the voluntary and community sector, and our local government partners.

A good place to grow older: learning and innovation from local government

People in the UK are living longer than ever before. In this context, it is essential that local service providers understand the needs and aspirations of their communities. This publication outlines recognised innovative practice from councils around the country developing a better future for their older residents. The contributions, from the councils themselves, tell the stories of the challenges faced and the lessons learned. See full details.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Adult abuse and neglect isn’t always obvious. If you suspect a vulnerable adult is suffering abuse or neglect in any way please contact 01522 782155

Safeguarding Children in Lincolnshire

JUST Lincolnshire is not only interested in the older age group. Children and young people may also be vulnerable to unfairness and inequality. The rights and welfare of the youngest members of our community are also of prime importance to the work JUST Lincolnshire will be doing. If you are worried about any child and think they may be a victim of neglect or abuse please contact Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children on 01522 782111.