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Plans of time: Are we planning for an ageing population?

Illustration by Sam Falconer

Society is ageing, and many predict unsustainable pressures on health and care services. What can planners do? Tony Watts OBE calls for a radical shift in thinking

Lord Filkin’s 2012 report Ready for Ageing? (pdf) concluded that society was “woefully unprepared for ageing”. That has led to shifts in governmental thinking around how long we should be working, whether the state pension triple lock is sustainable and how we fund future care. But so far it has not led to new policies on where, arguably, the biggest changes are required:........
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