Government housing proposals let down todays and tomorrows older population

The Government have announced new measures which “will save housebuilders and councils £114 million per year by cutting red tape and ensuring homes are built to demanding standards.”

One of the 5 standards highlighted is

“age friendly housing: new optional building regulations for accessible and adaptable mainstream housing to meet the needs of older and disabled people”

 Sounds good? Well, not really. The standard is optional. Continue reading

‘The Female Menace’

Have women suddenly become a gaggle of reckless drivers? No…socioeconomic and demographic change have led to more women on the road. 


Statistics tell the story you want them to tell. Stories in yesterday’s Guardian, Telegraph and Metro illustrated this perfectly. Under the headlines such as ‘Huge rise in women who drink-drive’ they report that ‘the number of women caught drink-driving has almost doubled in less than 15 years’. With one article describing the fairer sex as ‘The female menace’, they all reported figures from a recent survey by the insurers Direct Line and the transport charity the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund. Continue reading

Guest Blog: David Hayes – Gambling prevalence among the over 65s

The British Gambling Prevalence Survey is a large-scale nationally representative survey of participation in, and the prevalence of, gambling in Great Britain. In this short note we use regression analysis to look at some of the characteristics that predict gambling[1] at least once a week among the over 65s. There were 1,653 individuals in the survey aged 65 and above. The survey is weighted so that the findings reported here are nationally representative. Continue reading

Retirement: Are we really seeing a social revolution?

The Times splashed today that “Baby boomers are spearheading a social revolution by redefining retirement and old age.” [1]

It reminded me of this published by Dodge in 1962 (52 years ago!)

‘Within the brief space of fifty years, a rapidly increasing population of older citizens has caused a change in the attitude of the total population. No longer do senior citizens feel that their potential contribution to society is ended. As they observe numerous older persons in fine health and enjoying activity, they see emerging a changing attitude which may allow them to live as active members of our society. This new role for senior citizens is now in the process of evolving.’ Continue reading

Who Cares? A blog by Nick Kirwan

The PSSRU’s excellent research paper, entitled Changes in the Patterns of Social Care Provision in England: 2005/6 to 2012/13, provides solid evidence of an “unprecedented” reduction in spending on later life social care and a corresponding reduction in the number of older people receiving care. This will come as no surprise to the many people in the sector who have for years been saying that social care services in England are at breaking point and in desperate need of more funding. Sadly, it is usually the most vulnerable in our society, those in need of care, and their families that are on the receiving end of the pressure. Continue reading