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Not rich, not poor : a study of housing options for elderly people on middle incomes
Author(s)Julie Bull, Lindsey Poole
PublisherSHAC/Anchor Housing Trust, London, 1989
Pages79 pp
KeywordsAccommodation [elderly] ; Financial services [older people].
AnnotationThis book highlights the situation for pensioners with modest incomes or capital, by examining their access to different housing options. This group of pensioners is considered to fall between the "well researched" poor elderly population and those who are labelled as affluent. SHAC estimates that as many as 39 per cent of pensioners fall into the category under review, following withdrawal of housing benefit from 390,000 pensioners in April 1988. By using personal savings or other income, such pensioners risk becoming dependent on means-tested benefits. The book emphasises that if housing continues to be under-estimated in the process of care in the community, there is a danger of creating a system of options and subsidies which encourages dependency through a lack of alternatives. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-890606028
ClassmarkK: J

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