Official statistics show that there were 840 people aged 90 and over per 100,000 in England and Wales in 2013; which is was slightly higher than in Scotland (707 per 100,000) and Northern Ireland (620 per 100,000).
There has been a 70% increase in the number of people reaching their 100th birthday over the last decade. There were 13,780 people aged 100 or more in the UK in 2013; 710 of whom were 105 or older.
The possible implications of these figures and the underlying trends of increasing longevity for pension costs and the commissioning of health and social care are explored in a BBC Health News item. Older people with complex multiple long-term conditions add to the rising costs and workload of the NHS.
Pym, H. (2014). The onward march of the century makers. London: BBC Health News, September 26th 2014.
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Estimates of the very old (including centenarians) for the United Kingdom, 2002-2013. London: Office for National Statistics (ONS), September 25th 2014.