Understanding older people's experiences of poverty and material deprivation

The overall aims of the project were to provide an understanding of older people's experiences of poverty and their understanding of a range of indicators used to measure material deprivation.

As well as providing a rich description of older people's saving and spending habits, it also sought to understand how they interpreted material deprivation indicators. The project was based on indepth interviews and focus groups and was undertaken by the Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol.

Nicola Dominy
Elaine Kempson
Department for Work and Pensions