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Stella Maile and David Griffiths

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306863

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306863.001.0001

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‘Brave new world’: how will the government respond to the social care challenge of an ageing population?

‘Brave new world’: how will the government respond to the social care challenge of an ageing population?

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(p.95) Six ‘Brave new world’: how will the government respond to the social care challenge of an ageing population?
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Public engagement and social science
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Robin Means

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306863.003.0006

This chapter explores how future governments in the UK are likely to respond to the challenges of an ageing population especially in terms of the future funding of social care. It sets this challenge within the context of widespread ageism within British Society and the growing tendency to encourage conflict between the generations through a very unfair portrayal of so called ‘baby boomers’ as the selfish generation. It also provides a critique of the extent to which civic engagement or ‘the Big Society’ can reduce the need for the State to play a crucial role in ensuring a high quality of care and support for older people who are near the end of their lives.

Keywords:   ageism, baby boomers, civic engagement, older people, social care

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