Book News: July 25th, 2006

This independent report commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government summarizes evidence from the main report on this theme and examines how the landscape of social exclusion is likely to change over the next five to 15 years. It also sets out the policy implications of these changes and highlights the most promising policy options.The research identified seven dimensions of social exclusion. They are: social relationships, cultural activities, civic activities, access to basic services, neighbourhood exclusion, financial products and material goods. The percentage of older people defined as excluded varied across the seven dimensions between 9 and 13 per cent. Within these categories the strongest statistical associations with multiple exclusion were: depression, living alone, no living children, no private transport, living in rented accommodation, low income and benefits as the main source of income.

The key population trend related to social exclusion is the continuing ageing of the population over the next two decades, an effect that is reinforced by the transition of the first post Second World War baby-boomer cohort into advanced old age.

The top priority for action is the 7 per cent of people aged 50 and over who are currently experiencing the most complex forms of social exclusion. This group is associated with the most deprived part of the older population.

The report is available at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/pub/129/TheSocialExclusionofOlderPeopleFutureTrendsandPoliciesThinkPiece_id1501129.df