Older people's poverty: drivers and policy options

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Lloyd, James
Strategic Society Centre
Date of publication
1 September 2016
Older Adults
Social welfare
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Aiming to provide an anti-poverty strategy for all ages, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation commissioned the Strategic Society Centre to explore reasons for poverty among older people.

Author James Lloyd addresses reasons for the continuous poverty amongst older people in the UK, which gaps in state and private pension policy cause it, and aims to suggest possible interventions and strategies that could eliminate retirement income poverty in the UK.

The report sets out with a mapping of retirement income poverty in the UK, compares income from state and private pensions, looks at the situation of housing costs for the retired and addresses the issue of liquidity poverty.
Policy options for improving the situation are given in the conclusion at the end of each of the sections addressed.