What do these figures tell us?
There are 32,320 OAPs over eighty in Europe excluding the UK and Ireland.
Over ninety there are 3,430.
Excess of very elderly women v. men:- over eighty, by 10,760 - over ninety by 1,270 (37%).
FURTHER:- anecdotal evidence supported by unofficial estimates would suggest that in Spain and France there are large numbers of OAPs who spend the winter in those countries. Probably some numbers spend more than 6 months a year outside the UK, though claiming permanent residence in the UK. In the Alicante region alone it is claimed that the true "winter" resident numbers of UK OAPs is about 180,000, vastly in excess of the official count. This practice is driving a cart through the regulations. These quasi residents are probably receiving the WFP ; paying taxes in the UK; and perhaps saving the UK some funding on the NHS. This is a muddle which needs attention - but NOT the clunking iron fist of regulatory power!