Passing educational inequalities across the generations?

Tuesday’s Guardian reported some startling statistics that cast doubt on the equality of admissions policies in some of Britain’s top universities. Out of a total of 2,653 home student undergraduate offers for study made in 2009 by Oxford University, just one was to a student of Black Caribbean origin, representing a success rate of 2.9%; the success rate for White students on the other hand stood at 27.6% [1, 2]. Continue reading

Localism, housing and care

The Government’s long-awaited Decentralisation and Localism Bill is expected on Thursday (December 9th). The main benefits of the Bill would be to empower local people, free local government from central and regional control give local communities a real share in local growth and provide a more efficient and more local planning system. Initially scheduled for publication in late November, the Bill was pushed back as a result of the busy parliamentary timetable.

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“It’s beautiful, but a blooming nuisance!” – Snow, shopping, and older people

“It’s beautiful, but a blooming nuisance!” said my 91 year old Grandmother looking out over her snow covered garden last week. In the early hours of 30 November, many parts of the country experienced an unseasonably large snowfall. While the snow may have been beautiful, it led to travel chaos, school closures and left many people (particularly older people and those with limited mobility) stuck at home.

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Guest Blog – Gordon Morris of Age UK Enterprises on “The real cost of inflation to those in later life”

This week, Age UK launched the Age UK Enterprises Silver RPI, the most comprehensive measure of how inflation impacts those over 55.  It was prompted by our recognition that those in later life experience different financial pressures to those of the general population and that existing measures fail them. This is because they do not consider housing costs and worse, treat the over 55s as one homogenous group who have identical experiences of money and inflation.

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Guest blog: Generations divided in the e-Society

The Office for National Statistics’ publication of its Social Trends data yesterday was a landmark in the sense that it was the first to include a chapter on e-Society[1], which discussed the use of the internet among different social groups.  There are some illuminating findings about inter-generational differences in internet access and use. Overall, the data showed that internet access has risen significantly in recent years across all age groups.  For most household types, the rate of internet connection increased by 40 percentage points between 2000 and 2008.  However, among older households (specifically one-person households above the state pension age) the increase has been slower, at only 26 percentage points.

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