Futures Forum: The ten local authorities with the highest percentage of the population over 65 are on the coast, with five being in the South West region. Within 20 years it is estimated that 40 per cent of the population of west England will be over 65.
The Rural Services Network quotes councillors in the region warning of the demographic trends:
RURAL COMMUNITIES IN DANGER
Rural communities in danger - Rural Services Network
With the full piece from the i newspaper here:
Rural communities 'could die out by 2050', public health experts warn - i newspaper