Wellbeing is a term that gets thrown around a lot. In some academic circles, it is used to describe happiness and life satisfaction. This definition has considerable uptake in the evaluations of programmes and services for older people.
It has been long acknowledged that our population is ageing. Policy developments in adult social care in Great Britain have been influenced by this demographic change and along with this, service users now want greater choice and control over the care services they receive. Continue reading
With many advanced economies pushing back against a globalised world, it will become even harder to afford welfare states in the age of ageing. Continue reading
Europeans are extremely lucky. Not only can they expect to live longer than most people born anywhere else in the world, they can also expect to enjoy most of their lives in relatively good health.
More than 120 million Europeans, the inhabitants of one of the wealthiest regions of the planet, still live in poverty.
In 2010, the European strategy for growth, Europe 2020, made reducing poverty and social exclusion one of its main goals. And yet, despite some recent progress, 1 in 4 people living in the EU28 still struggle to pay their rent, mortgage or utility bills; fail to keep their home adequately warm; cannot cope with unexpected expenses; do not manage to eat meat or proteins regularly; cannot afford to buy a TV, a washing machine, a car, or a telephone. Continue reading
This week’s #fridayfive takes evidence from a thinkpiece for ILC-UK by Dr Matt Flynn which explores what lessons UK policymakers might learn from pension policy in Hong Kong. Continue reading
This week’s #fridayfive is on the state of housing in the UK. Continue reading
This week’s #fridayfive is on the effectiveness of the UK welfare state. Continue reading
In 2010, George Osborne became Chancellor and immediately began to establish his vision for the future of the UK economy. The economy he inherited was far from healthy, the effects of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent downturn lingered. In his first budget, a bold and ambitious plan was presented. Continue reading