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Too tight to mention: unequal income in older age

Thomas Scharf

in Unequal ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424129
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424129.003.0002
Too tight to mention: unequal income in older age

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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

Chapter.  9510 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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