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The emerging political power of the elderly in Britain 1908 - 1948
Author(s)Andrew Blaikie
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 10, part 1, March 1990
Pagespp 17-39
KeywordsRights [elderly] ; Pressure groups ; Education ; Histories.
AnnotationAn examination of the political campaigns mounted by two old age pressure groups - one claiming to speak on behalf of older people, the other composed of older people themselves. The failure of both groups to influence major policy decisions relates not to the passivity or "silent suffering" of older people, or to "generational equity" criteria which privileged younger, unemployed workers, but to the inadequacies of their different styles of campaigning. While the National Conference on Old Age Pensions (NCOAP) in the decade after 1916, focused their moral invective around notions of thrift which failed to arouse or articulate the needs of all but the most 'respectable aged Britishers', the uncompromising, combative approach of the National Federation of Old Age Pensions Associations (NFOAPA) during the critical years leading up the Beveridge legislation incurred the disdain of policymakers. In the intervening years, trade union activity was underlain by mixed motives. Mention is also made of other groups that were active between 1908 and 1948, including the National Old People's Welfare Committee (NOPWC). Whilst the historical specificity of the movements and debates that are discussed is significant, the generationally specific lifetime experiences of the older people in question to some extent determined their character. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-900612023 A
ClassmarkIKR: PME: V: 6A

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