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Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Vol 1The Nature and Extent of the Problem$
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Esther Dermott and Gill Main

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447332152

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447332152.001.0001

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Improvement for some: poverty and social exclusion among older people and pensioners

Improvement for some: poverty and social exclusion among older people and pensioners

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(p.61) Three Improvement for some: poverty and social exclusion among older people and pensioners
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Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Vol 1
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Demi Patsios

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447332152.003.0004

This chapter focuses on several key areas of poverty and social exclusion experienced by older people and pensioners using B-SEM. Analyses by pensioner household type (n=2,296) show differences in older adults’: access to material, economic and social resources; participation in common social activities and civic and political participation; and quality of life. Younger pensioners (particularly couples) are least likely to report lower resources and exclusion from participation, and more likely to report higher quality of life. In contrast, older and single (particularly female) pensioners are most likely to report lower levels of economic and social resources and lower scores on participation and quality of life sub-domains. Although the general position of pensioners has improved over the past decade, the findings conclude that this has not been the case for all pensioners. The policy situation explaining some of these disparities and the implications for further policy action are discussed.

Keywords:   Older people, Pensioners, Poverty, Social exclusion, Bristol Social Exclusion Matrix (B-SEM)

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