We asked the four candidates who attended our Hustings if they would write a blog post for older Londoners. Here, we have the first of these pieces, from Caroline Pidgeon, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.
It is often said that London is a young city.
And it is certainly true that London has more young people than many other parts of the country. London is a place where many young people come to study and to work.
However as the Age UK London manifesto rightly points out, within London there are already 2.2 million people aged 50 and over.
And London has almost a million people aged 65 or over.
Most importantly this population is increasing. Within just a few years there will be more Londoners age 65 or over than the whole population of Birmingham.
People are not moving out of the city in the numbers they may have done in previous decades, particularly when they started a family. Many people stay in London throughout their careers and often into retirement as well.