A good retirement

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Wood, Claudia; Vibert, Simone
Date of publication
13 December 2017
Older Adults, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report presents the findings of research carried out by Demos during the summer of 2017 to get a better sense of how the public viewed their responsibilities in later life.

The research, which included a survey of around 2,000 members of the general public as well as focus groups with people over 40, showed that people value health and financial wellbeing in retirement, and believe the government should provide a safety net of some sort, but most tend to agree that wellbeing in late life is a matter of individual responsibility.

The research also found that the number of people who believe that it is an individual’s responsibility to pay for one’s care appears to be growing with time. However, few people are actively preparing to meet their potential social care costs, and a quarter of the public remain complacent and assume the government will provide care free of charge.

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