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A new approach to understanding Scotland's ageing population

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How an evidence ‘safari’ helped us to think about the policy issues facing the ageing Scottish population.

Like all advanced economies, Scotland’s population is ageing. The number of people aged 75 and over is projected to increase by 85% over the next 25 years. This ageing is happening at a faster rate than the rest of the UK. The pace of change over future years will be dramatic and will challenge how Scottish policy-makers think about and design policy.

A cartoon of Bill, a fictional 72 year old in 2040.
The safari used fictional personas to understand the impact on individuals. Bill is 72 and wants to participate in local activities.

For the first time, the Scottish government’s Strategy Unit has teamed up with the UK Foresight team to run a workshop for Scottish policy-makers. We wanted to challenge and open up thinking around population ageing across a wide range of issues. We took policy-makers on a ‘safari’ through the latest compelling evidence on demographic change.

Read more about it on the Foresight projects blog.

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