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    The excluded: people ageing without children or family (ROPOO15)

    Hadley, Robin ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4254-7648 (2023) The excluded: people ageing without children or family (ROPOO15). Women and Equalities Committee, UK Parliament, London.

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    Abstract

    People who are ageing without children (AWoC) and/or family (AWoF) are labelled a ‘non-category’ by institutions and academia. Consequently, they are excluded from policy and practice. Yet, it is estimated that there are at least one million people aged 65 and without an adult child to support them in the UK (1) and that population set to increase to over two million by 2030 (2). AwoC/F are excluded, stigmatised, and discriminated against as a group and individuals. This piece makes the case for recognising this significant sub-population and for fundamental change at all levels of policy and practice.

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