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Did You Know...?

Older people make a major net contribution to the economy. As people live longer and their health improves, the greater the opportunity for them to continue to contribute to the nation’s economy and, the longer on average they are staying in employment.


An important consequence of this is that older people are contributing more to the economy as taxpayers, consumers and volunteers. Taxes paid by over 65s amount to around £45 billion a year and are forecast to rise to around £82 billion by 2030. The spending power of over 65s is £76 billion and forecast to grow to £127 billion by 2030.


The value of social care provided by older people is worth £34 billion a year and forecast to grow to £52 billion by 2030. The value of older people’s volunteering is over £10 billion a year and forecast to grow to nearly £15 billion by 2030.


People approaching and in retirement gave society each year an average of 75 hours in charitable work and 73 hours in voluntary community work: an annual contribution of over £11 billion. They also provided on average 326 hours in free care for grandchildren, parents and other family members: an annual contribution valued at over £15 billion. [Source: MGM Advantage's Retirement Nation report (2012)]


Older people contribute £10 billion a year through charity and family donations (including childcare services for families and neighbours) and this is forecast to grow to over £15 billion by 2030.


Taking all these contributions together, older people are making an annual net positive contribution of £40 billion to the UK economy (i.e., net of the costs of pension, welfare and health support). By 2030 the positive net contribution of over 65s is forecast to rise to an estimated £77 billion. [Source: Royal Voluntary Services (RVS) Gold Age Pensioners report (2011)]


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The SEEFA Agenda - Key  Issues


SEEFA is the South East England Forum on Ageing.


SEEFA aims to bring people together to influence later life strategies, policies and services to make life better for current and future generations of older people.


SEEFA works with people who know what they are talking about. We know the best way to ensure good services is to integrate the perspectives of people who are themselves experts in later life and ageing through their own life experiences.  SEEFA’s Policy Panel comprises people who are experts on later life and who can actively engage with policy makers and commissioners to influence later life policy.


  









A message from SEEFA’s Chair, Peter Dale:


'Increased longevity is a blessing rather than a burden. We need a paradigm shift in the way later life is viewed, valuing the contribution of older people rather than seeing them just as consumers of resources.


SEEFA knows that ageist attitudes can cause real harm and can affect health and wellbeing. Most older people are fit and healthy and do not need care. People should be assisted to keep on contributing to their communities and remain independent for as long as possible. When services are needed they should be personalised, safe and of a high quality. People should always be treated with dignity and respect.'


SEEFA wants to see key later life issues fully explored and debated. You can read more here.



A New Narrative on Ageing


SEEFA has been doing a lot of work to help create a New Narrative on Ageing. The new narrative is based on 5 pillars:


Find out more about the New Narrative on Ageing here



SEEFA Members Briefing


Read the latest SEEFA Members Briefing here.



SEEFA’s New Narrative on Ageing


Find out more here.



Our Ageing Society

Challenges or Opportunities for Business


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Symposium at the House of Lords on
Our Ageing Society:
Challenges or Opportunities for Business