The number of Britons living past 100 years of age has increased by nearly 500 percent over the last three decades, the latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics reveal.
According to ONS, the number of people over 100 years of age increased from 2,600 in 1981 to more than 11,600 last year. The life expectancy for children born between 2007 and 2009 has also risen to record levels with men expected to live up to 77.6 years while it is 81.9 years for women.
The ONS predicts that the number of centenarians will increase by almost 10 times to 90,000 by 2034 while there will be at least three people in their nineties for every newborn by 2050.
The statistics have increased fears of pension experts who say that it will be very difficult to maintain the current pension rates if the elderly population continues to rise.