Planning for population ageing: implications of local demographic, spatial and fiscal differences
O'Brien, E 2016, 'Planning for population ageing: implications of local demographic, spatial and fiscal differences', International Planning Studies, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 317-328.
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Population ageing is a global phenomenon with local implications. This article investigates local demographic, spatial and fiscal differences that define the planning context for population ageing. The study is based on a comprehensive analysis of population ageing in local government areas in New South Wales, Australia and related issues in the literature. Local councils are shown to be in disparate positions to address population ageing. An international need to examine this demographic transition at the local level is demonstrated. Study findings indicate that planning for population ageing relies on adequate knowledge of the discrete and extensive local differences that exist. Significantly, there is an immediate requirement to formulate policy responses, given the speed and level of this demographic change over the next decade and beyond. Wide-ranging approaches are essential to accord with the local differences discussed here.