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Testing times for older people

Will your elderly clients be ?protected after the welfare reforms? Gareth Morgan reports on the impact of means-testing benefits, pension credit adjustments and changes to ?the treatment of age

16 January 2013

We are in a period of enormous change to the welfare system. Very large cuts are being made, over several years, to the system; new systems are being introduced for working-age and disability benefits. The effects of welfare reform proposals on older people have not been widely commented on, as the new benefits have been the focus of attention.

In fact, when looked at in ?more detail, many older people will ?be severely affected by the changes ?to their benefits situation following the reforms. Pension credit will ?change structurally, other benefits that were available to older people will disappear, and changes to the treatment of age will have a large effect on many people.

Benefits and older people

Older people have been seen by government as the most deserving of state support for many years. Their basic rates of means-tested benefits are about double those of wo...

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