Win a copy of Unequal ageing

Enter Malcolm Dean’s social policy and social and demographic trends quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of five copies of Unequal ageing. Email your answers to by 19th November 2009; winners will be contacted shortly after.

Simply answer the following 12 questions that focus on the effects of social and demographic trends on the well-being of older people. All answers will remain confidential.

1. One in five people in the UK are over 60. What was the ratio in 1900?

2a. What proportion of women retiring in 2006 were eligible for a full state pension?
2b. And for men?

3. There were only 100 centenarians in the UK in 1909.
a. How many were there in 1959?
b. How many in 2009?
c. And how many are projected for 2029?

4. How much did life expectancy increase per decade in the last century?

5. What were the Turner Commission’s three tough options for improving pensions? Which one did they choose?

6. In what way was the Equality and Human Rights Commission, set up in 2007, perpetuating inequalities between the six fields — race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age — when it was monitoring discrimination?

7. The UK is still debating whether to abolish a statutory retirement age. Name three other countries which have already done so?

8. Who was Margaret Panting?

9. To what extent did inequalities widen during the 18 years of Conservative rule between 1979 and 1997?

10. Means tested benefits increased under both the 1979-97 Conservative Government and between 1997-2009 under New Labour. But how did they differ?

11. Where does the UK come in the 30-member OECD league of developed states in terms of the proportion of the average (male) earnings that state pensions provide?

12. When was there a golden age for older people in the UK?

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