The lead administration for demography is the Scottish Government
Demographic changes are being faced by all British-Irish Council Member Administrations. By 2035 the number of people aged 50+ is projected to rise by 28% and the number aged 75+ is projected to increase by 82%.
A changing society has implications across a wide range of areas. These include the demand for, and provision of, public services such as health, education and transport including their scale, type and location. It also has implications for the size and composition of the working population and the creation of the wealth necessary to provide public services and fund future pension contributions.
Demography was adopted by the Council as an area of mutual interest at the eighth Summit in London in June 2006. In March 2008, Ministers supported, in principle, a work plan for the work sector centred on key themes on understanding migration and its impact; healthy independent ageing, investigating policy interventions, fertility, and student flows.
The work sector’s most recent area of focus was on understanding the implications of wider student flows amongst the BIC Member Administrations.