The Persistence of Poverty across Europe

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.[1] 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

Guest blog: Nick Sanderson, Chief Executive, Audley Retirement Villages – Downsizing and the housing black hole

It came as no surprise to me when I saw the findings of the recent ‘State of the Nation’s Housing: An ILC-UK Factpack’ report from the International Longevity Centre (ILC) earlier this month. It’s the latest report to highlight a major issue: baby boomers are stuck in housing that is unsuitable for their needs, a situation that is putting the whole property market at risk of grinding to a standstill. Continue reading