The pressure of an ageing population will compel governments around the world to change the funding of public services, according to a new study from consultants Deloitte.

It says that as the first of the so-called Baby Boom generation reaches retirement age at the beginning of the next decade, the 'dependency ratio' of working-age people to children and the elderly will jump and put pressure on healthcare provision.

The report forecasts increased reliance on fees and more public-private partnerships, including a more sophisticated not-for-profit sector, among a range of possible responses.

For more information on the report e-mail mlongbottom@deloitte.co.uk