A third of babies born today can expect to live to 100, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest.

The figures suggest a third of the 826,000 babies born this year will be centenarians - or four out of every 10 girls and just under a third of boys.  The increase in life expectancy could be attributed to improved diets, living conditions and health care.

It is estimated 800,000 people celebrating their 65th birthday in Britain this year will live to be 100.

A spokesperson for the ONS warned that the findings were only predictions, and would be dependent on future health developments, as well as economic and political conditions. Ministers warned that the future of pensions would also need to be looked at, with state pensions potentially delayed until people reached 80 years of age.

Posted by Robert Mair on 27/03/2012