Determining deprivation

Following the recent local elections, the Liberal Democrats will want to raise their profile within the coalition and show that they still have influence at a policy making level. One positive outcome of this appears to be the announcement this week of a new pensioner material deprivation indicator.

On Monday morning at the DWP, Pensions Minister Steve Webb explained that the new indicator would capture wider elements of everyday life that are key indicators of older people’s experiences.

While income is a good indicator of deprivation among all age groups, the aim is to take a more rounded view of the difficulties faced by older people. This, in turn, should help government and third sector organisations to identify the most vulnerable and pilot ways to tackle social isolation. Continue reading “Determining deprivation”