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Scotland facing demographic time-bomb

December 5, 2012 4:45 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting as figures show that between 2010 and 2035, the number of households headed by someone aged 65 or over are projected to increase by 60%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health and housing spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"Scotland's households will dramatically change in the coming decades with more people living longer, healthier lives. As a result, the way in which the government cares for people from cradle to grave will undoubtedly change.

"The Scottish Government simply isn't doing enough quickly enough to plan for this unprecedented pressure on social health and social care services. Taking into consideration the current housing crisis in Scotland, we are sitting on a ticking time bomb.

"Liberal Democrats want to see an increased focus on delivering health and social care services in the community. This is the approach needed to manage demand on services successfully. The Scottish Government must also set out firm plans to create more homes for social rent."