A major issue for social policy in the twenty-first century will be providing good-quality support and care for older people.
However, recent debate about this has been driven more by ideology than by evidence.
This paper examines the socio-economic, demographic and policy changes that are influencing the debate, and outlines findings from current research on attitudes towards financial planning for care in old age.
This shows that the majority of people feel that the state should provide or pay for care for older people, either through a means-tested system or one which provides some basic level of protection which people can choose to enhance throughh their own means.
However, only a minority would be willing to pay themeselves for this, either directly through increased taxation or indirectly through reduced prospects of inheritance of housing capital.
This paper concludes with a discussion of the policy implications of these findings.
Mots-clés Pascal : Politique sociale, Politique, Vieillard, Attitude, Financement, Economie, Démographie, Enquête, Royaume Uni
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Social policy, Policy, Elderly, Attitude, Financing, Economy, Demography, Survey, United Kingdom
Notice produite par :
ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : 97/06 V
Code Inist : 002B30A07A. Création : 12/09/1997.