Eleven per cent of London's population were over 65 years old in 2011. The number of Londoners over the age of 90 is set to increase by 145%, rising from 43,200 in 2011 to 105,900 by 2031.
The Mayor's work on older people
The Mayor’s initiatives strive to make London one of the world’s most age friendly cities.
The Assessment of the GLA’s impact on older people’s equality provides more information about London’s older people, the inequalities they face and what the Mayor and the GLA are doing to advance equality of opportunity for older Londoners:
The Mayor’s equality framework for London, Equal Life Chances for All, includes a commitment to improve the city for all Londoners. This includes the older Londoners who make such a valuable contribution to our city.
Find out more about programmes and initiatives
Older people are often perceived as being a burden on their families and a drain on the public purse. The GLA has published a report The Economic Contribution of Older Londoners, to challenge this stereotype. It values the economic contributions older Londoners make through their paid work, caring for adults, providing childcare and volunteering.
Know Your Rights
The annual Know Your Rights campaign promotes the importance of advice and advocacy services that help older people access their rights and increase take up of benefits.
Connecting Older People
Although older people are the fastest growing group of internet users, some lack confidence and skills. The Team London digital technology programme trains volunteers (aged 16-18) to share their IT skills with people aged over 60.
Freedom Pass extension
The Freedom Pass (external website) and the 60+ London Oyster photocard schemes (external website) gives older Londoners free travel on almost all of London’s public transport.