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Case study B: Means-tested benefits for older people

Penny Leonard

in Promoting welfare?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344885
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344885.003.0008
Case study B: Means-tested benefits for older people

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This chapter presents another case study that analyses the government policies to inform older people of their rights to means-tested benefits. It first describes briefly the social security benefits that are designed for older people, and the financial and demographic situation of older people in the UK. It then takes a short historic view of central government policies on information about means-tested financial assistance for older people. The case study investigates why concern about older people as a group led to more active and targeted information. The chapter is focused on the New Labour government's information policy for Income Support/Minimum Income Guarantee.

Keywords: government policy; means-tested benefits; social security benefits; older people; demographic situation; financial assistance; New Labour government; Income Support; Minimum Income Guarantee

Chapter.  6928 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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