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New Year, new ageism?

by on January 6, 2014

Well its our first day back blogging after our break over the festive season and its been a mixed bag of news on age related issues over the last few weeks, but on the whole a fairly quiet time, perhaps in part because of the focus on the stormy weather on both sides of the Atlantic.

Nevertheless, in the UK headlines today highlight two challenges for the conservative government as we begin the (long) build up to the next election.  On the one hand, as highlighted here in the Evening Standard the issue of non-means tested benefits for pensioners and indeed the pension itself, seems likely to be a particularly hot topic in the coming months.  On the other hand, the issue of cutting housing benefit for those under 25 has emerged as a particularly contentious issue, as examined in some detail in the Guardian .  One the assumptions behind this cut – that young people can live at home – will of course not just impact the young people themselves but their (usually older) family members too.

It’s early days for 2014 but it seems that age related debates will continue to be hot topics in political debate.


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