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Older People in Law and Society$
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Jonathan Herring

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229024.001.0001

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Older People and Financial Issues

Older People and Financial Issues

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Older People in Law and Society

Jonathan Herring (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the financial issues facing older people. It examines the issues surrounding the provision of pensions and benefits for older people. The recent changes in pensions law and the broader issues raised in the pensions debate are considered. The current position regarding local authority charging for the care of older people is analysed. The chapter challenges the distinction between health care and social care which at the heart of the current system. It then considers poverty faced by older people and the cost of their care. Finally, the chapter discusses the arguments over whether such costs should fall on their family or on the state.

Keywords:   pensions, benefits, poverty, discrimination, fuel poverty, social care, local authorities, family, the state

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