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Unequal ageingThe untold story of exclusion in old age$
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Paul Cann and Malcolm Dean

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424129

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424129.001.0001

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Too tight to mention: unequal income in older age

Too tight to mention: unequal income in older age

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(p.25) Two Too tight to mention: unequal income in older age
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Unequal ageing
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Thomas Scharf

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424129.003.0002

Over time, the gap between those older people who are better off and those who live in poverty has continued to widen. Poverty in later life has not been accorded the same status as child poverty in recent years. While forcefully expressed by organisations such as Help the Aged, Age Concern and the National Pensioners' Convention, equivalent arguments for tackling older people's poverty have not had the same political impact as child poverty. The chapter provides a critical perspective on issues of unequal incomes and poverty in later life. It highlights major issues of difference within older populations, characterised by such factors as age, gender, ethnicity, social class, health status and place of residence. The remaining part of the chapter presents some potential strategies for dealing with poverty in later life.

Keywords:   older people, poverty, later life, unequal incomes, Help the Aged, child poverty, Age Concern

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