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Poverty and Gender Issues in Later Life in the UK

  • Sally WestEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_163-1



The term “poverty” may refer to material conditions, economic position, or social position, and there is no generally agreed single definition (Spicker 2019). However, in Europe (including the UK), the definition most commonly used is the one described by Eurostat where someone is considered to be in poverty if “disposable equivalent income falls below 60 percent of the contemporary median equivalent income of the country where the individual lives” (Eurostat 2019; Bárcena-Martín and Moro-Egido 2013). Other approaches to measuring poverty include material deprivation, which is measured by asking if people lack certain goods and services such as having a damp-free home or being able to pay regular bills (Department for Work and Pensions 2019); minimum income standards, which look at the cost of goods and services required by different households in order to reach an acceptable standard of living (Joseph Rowntree...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Age UKLondonUK

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  • Susan Pickard
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, School of Law and Social JusticeUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK