Generations apart: the growth of age segregation in England and Wales

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Kingman, David
Intergenerational Foundation
Date of publication
18 September 2016
Community Development and Regeneration, Children and Young People, Older Adults, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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Young and old are growing apart – this is the key finding from Generations Apart, the Intergenerational Foundation’s latest piece of research which measures the extent of age segregation across England and Wales.

This report finds that over the past 25 years profound changes have occurred in the living patterns of young and old people.

The dominant trends have been that young people have moved in large numbers into gentrifying neighbourhoods in the centres of our big cities, while older people have become much more concentrated in suburbs and rural areas. The result has been a rapid increase in age segregation, which has left the different generations living further apart.

Developed in collaboration with Legal & General, this report argues that these changes are rooted in the problems facing our housing market. It sets out a range of recommendations which seek to make age-diverse neighbourhoods the norm rather than the exception.