Fabian report on ‘mid-income older people’

‘A Presumption of Equality’ by Andrew Harrop looks at mid-income older people, a group who have been overlooked in political and media debates about later life. Perspectives on ageing are dominated by how people think about the ‘top’ and the ‘bottom’. There are two competing narratives of later life: wealthy baby-boomers versus pensioners on the breadline facing poverty, isolation and ill-health. The truth is that the majority of older people today are somewhere in between – neither rich nor poor – and the middle is expanding as a result of recent successes in reducing pensioner poverty.

This report argues that government should adopt a ‘presumption of equality’ when considering public policy for different age groups.

The report was published by the Fabian Society in July 2013.

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