How can charities help address and adapt to demographic changes?

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations (Great Britain)
Date of publication
1 January 2014
2015 project collection
Social Policy
Social welfare
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Like many developed nations, the UK is projected to have an ageing population over the next few decades, with the ratio of elderly to those of working age rising over time. This reflects increasing life expectancy, declining fertility and the impact of the large numbers born during the post war baby boom. An older population also means a long-term pressure on public finances. The voluntary sector is of vital importance during this time of demographic change as charities are often at the centre of communities, providing volunteering experiences and opportunities to build skills.

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