The poor relation: grandparental care: where older people’s poverty and child poverty meet

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Griggs, Julia
Grandparents Plus
Date of publication
1 June 2009
Families, Children and Young People, Older Adults, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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The grandparental contribution is being shaped over time by demographic and social change. Our ageing population, growing family diversification and mothers’ increased labour market participation are all key drivers. These changes in turn impact upon grandparents’ own (financial) well-being. This interim report explores where older people’s poverty and child poverty meet around grandparental care. Using new British Social Attitudes (BSA) Survey data it begins to build a more comprehensive picture of Britain’s grandparent population; looking at how it has changed over the last decade, and what financial implications becoming a grandparent might involve. In doing so it lays an important foundation for further work exploring the relationship between grandparenting and economic hardship.

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