In 2016, the global population was estimated to be 7.4 billion; a figure that the United Nations believes will increase to 11.2 billion by the year 2100. Today, one in eight of those 7.4 billion people are over the age of 60. This number is expected to increase as our overall quality of life continues to improve and we all live longer - with life expectancy even breaking the 90 barrier as soon as 2030, according to Imperial College London and the World Health Organization.
While the nation debates what a global Britain should look like post-Brexit, I hope that we can stop talking about slashing our aid budget. It's not in our national interest. It would leave some of the world's poorest people high and dry, and make our world less safe, healthy and prosperous for everyone.
With the embers of the fire in Dunkirk still glowing, now is the time for our Home Office to act to ensure children are protected by our laws and kept away from smugglers and traffickers. The horror faced by children in these awful camps can be ended by changing our Immigration Rules to ensure there is a sustainable legal process for getting children to the safety of their extended family in the UK when they are forced to leave their home.
The House of Lords could be something great if governments weren't too afraid or selfish to change it for the better. Abolishing the House would give governments too much power and we would most certainly run the risk of an oppressive - even a totalitarian-like - government. Real reform could deliver real results. Don't abolish the future, abolish the present holding us back.
But this week, the Government has brought in a cut to a key disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, that I and thousands of disabled people rely on. For new people claiming this benefit from April 1st, they will receive £30 a week less. That is a huge amount when you think so many disabled people live in poverty.
It was the 18th century philosopher Edmund Burke who argued that private property was the basis of social order, an incentive to hard work and a route to national prosperity. Burke also believed that widespread access to acquiring property would act as powerful check on the power of the state and elites.
One may wonder why, in the 21st century, adults are required to ask for the court's consideration and approval of their decision to get a divorce (no such approval, after all, is required to get married). But it is even more egregious that where there is ample evidence of the damage that acrimonious divorces can do to both the couple and any children they have that the law ultimately requires them to start that process by attributing blame for the relationship breakdown.
Flexible working itself requires highly sought-after skills, and we should not be afraid to draw this to the attention of recruiters and employers. We will need to prove ourselves and the value we bring. We are a flexible working PR and Communications consultancy, and here are some of the lessons we have learnt from our own experience:
The earlier we start to make change, individually or as a whole, and showing young people the value we place on them and their voices, the more benefits we all get from it in the future. Representation of young voices has never gone far enough and now is our time to make our voices heard thoroughly and truly.