How important is it for older people that certain state benefits, such as the older person’s bus pass and Winter Fuel Payments, are available to everyone of their age, regardless of need? Is this universality a vital part of citizenship, recognition and inclusion in later years that means-testing could damage, leading to reduced well-being?
Increases in the numbers of older people have raised doubts about whether such benefits should remain unconditional to this age group. As part of NIHR SPHR’s Ageing Well Programme, researchers undertook a project to explore older people’s experiences of welfare benefits, and the potential health and well-being effects if certain benefits were rationed.
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