Older People Inside and Outside the Labour Market: A Review

Funded by: Equality and Human Rights Commission


February 2008 to May 2008

PSI researchers:

Sandra Vegeris

Deborah Smeaton

Background, summary and aims

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was established in October 2007, bringing together the work of the Commissions for Racial Equality, Disability Rights and Equal Opportunities. In addition to the remit of these legacy commissions, the EHRC has also taken on responsibility for other equality areas, including: age, sexual orientation and religion or belief.

In order to help inform the evidence base for its research and policy strategy, the EHRC has commissioned a series of research reviews on a number of subpopulations such as older people, migrants, travellers, refugees and asylum seekers.

PSI has been commissioned to undertake the review on quality of life and human rights issues related to the older population. The review will draw on a range of academic, government policy and evaluation evidence, identify gaps in knowledge and indicate key areas for future research.

Against a background of population ageing and shifting dependency ratios, a number of themes will be addressed as part of the review, conceived broadly under the following headings:

  • Employment
  • Social inclusion
  • Income
  • Health
  • Day-to-day living
  • Training and skills
  • Justice and equality