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The Costs of Addressing Age Discrimination in Social Care (PSSRU Discussion Paper 2538)

Forder, Julien E. (2008) The Costs of Addressing Age Discrimination in Social Care (PSSRU Discussion Paper 2538). Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent, 36 pp. (KAR id:15678)


Historically PSS expenditure per head on older people using social care services has been lower than for other adult client groups. Along with a number of investigations, this difference is taken as a possible indicator of age discrimination in the deployment of services. The UK government is proceeding with the introduction of a Single Equality Bill during this Parliament. One of the proposals is to outlaw age discrimination in the provision of public services. This report seeks to gauge the extent of age discrimination in council-funded social care services for adults (people 18 or over). It draws on a quantitative analysis of the level of support provided to service users. Lower expenditure per head on services may indicate age discrimination, but there are also a range of ‘legitimate’ reasons for this pattern of spending. The analysis aims to determine whether people in different age groups are treated differently after these ‘legitimate’ differences are removed.

Item Type: Research report (external)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Funders: Department of Health and Social Care (
Depositing User: R. Bass
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2009 09:01 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:39 UTC
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