More than two million older people are living in poverty in the UK1. The Experiences of poverty in later life project aims to amplify the voices of some of these older people, by highlighting the experiences of people facing financial hardship in later life.
This project is based upon a series of interviews Independent Age conducted between November 2021 and January 2022. Around 20 in-depth interviews were conducted with older people who were experiencing financial hardship. We spoke to older people from a range of backgrounds and perspectives, including older people of different ages, different genders, different ethnicities, different family situations, and different housing tenures.
From these interviews, we have created a series of concise, visual briefings. Each briefing addresses one of the key themes which emerged during our research and includes stories and quotes from some of the older people we spoke to.