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Research for the Cabinet Office: older people and rural exclusion

Professor John Shepherd, Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, has undertaken a secondary analysis of the ‘English Longitudinal Study of Ageing’ to support policy development on the short study project ‘Older People and Rural Exclusion’.

The Rural Evidence Research Centre (RERC) at Birkbeck was approached to undertake this study by the Social Exclusion Unit of the Cabinet Office because of our previous work on the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). This is a complex survey comprising three ‘waves’ of information gathered on the same basic (but reducing) sample of households with at least one member aged over 50.

The Cabinet Office’s requirement was to understand the economic, social, psychological and health elements of the ageing process and the extent of exclusion from services in a specifically rural context. As the originators of the 2004 rural definition the RERC had specific technical and analytical knowledge of linking ELSA data to rural context.