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Elderly consumers in Britain
 — Europe's poor relations: charting the grey economy in the 1990's
Author(s)Nick Bosanquet, William Laing, Carol Propper
PublisherLaing & Buisson, London, 1990
Pages110 pp
SourceLaing & Buisson Ltd, Lymehouse Studios, 38 Georgiana Street London NW1 0EB
KeywordsEconomic status [elderly] ; Demography ; Consumer ; United Kingdom ; International.
AnnotationThree typical groups of consumers in the UK are considered: well-off households, with an income of more than twice the average for those mainly dependent on state benefits (20% of older households); older people (mainly living alone) whose incomes are at or below the average for those dependent on state benefit, so at most risk of poverty (40%); and retired middle income households which are often property rich but income poor (the remaining 40%). This report makes detailed appraisals of the outlook for specific markets which rely on older consumers: retirement housing, health insurance, long term care, leisure services, financial services, and consumer goods and services generally. The issues are also important for government policy on state pensions for today's pensioners, and incentives for occupational pensions in the future. The report is also international in focus, presenting comparisons of income and outlook between Britain, Japan, West Germany and France. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-900215004
ClassmarkF:W: S8: WY: 8: 72

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