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The web links below are useful for finding information about older people in the UK. Some of them require you to register (usually no charge).

These links were last updated August 2012. Age UK is not responsible for the content of external websites.

We are making all of these resources available to you free of charge; in return, please acknowledge us in any publications when using our material.

Local level statistics

These pages are places to find out information at the local level.

opens link in new window Projecting Older People: Population Information (POPPI) Health and care statistics at England, Region, Local Authority, and District levels. Note: you have to register to access the data, but it is free - just click on the Register button in Login box. This covers ages 65+. For ages 16 - 64, see the parallel site opens link in new window PANSI.

opens link in new window DWP local stats (Tab Tool) Benefit (including carer allowance and pension credit) take-up at local authority and Region available.  

opens link in new window NOMIS (Official labour market statistics - employment etc) Available at national, regional, local authority, and ward levels.

opens link in new window Church Urban Fund poverty statistics At parish level, ranks parish paverty, and compares selected parish poverty on several indicators to the lowest and highest in the country. 

opens link in new window Neighbourhood statistics Official National Statistics on many topics. Local Authority to Ward level.

opens link in new window Active people survey Sport and exercise data split by age band (55+ is all older people); available at Local Authority level. 

More information and statistics sources

Resources

opens link in new window How to work with older people and support well-being

Age UK Brighton & Hove and the University of Brighton have produced a film and learning resources which aim to develop ethical practice in supporting people to make decisions in later life, and contribute to their well-being.

The project brought together social care practitioners, older people and university researchers to develop the resources which are based on participatory research. The research was designed to enable older people to talk in their own terms about what well-being means to them, and how it is produced.

opens link in new window Wellbeing Resources

The Older People’s Programme, coordinated through Age UK West Cumbria and funded by the BIG Lottery, significantly improved the wellbeing of older people receiving care. Delivering activities in residential homes and other care settings to over 1,300 older people, more than 7,800 care staff received training on issues such as dignity and nutrition. Evaluation showed increased physical activity and nutritional awareness as well as improved self-esteem and community belonging.

Utilising work and experiences from the projects, as well as knowledge gained through partnership working, resources have been developed for those seeking to improve the wellbeing of those in receipt of significant packages of care. Examples include 'how to' guides on nutrition, activities, and dignity training. 

Local Research Reports

opens link in new window ‘That’s because you love me’ – Report on Age UK Wirral’s Grandparent Carer Project PDF (3MB)

Report on Age UK Wirral’s Department of Health ‘Reaching Out For Carers Innovation Fund’ funded project into the needs and experiences of grandparent carers within the Borough of Wirral.

opens link in new window Social exclusion amongst older people in former industrial areas (PDF, 1MB)

This report presents the process and findings of a study on social exclusion amongst older people in former industrial and rural areas. This study contributes to the understanding of the varying conditions under which older people live, and how these differ across different kinds of areas. It also identifies a number of ways in which social exclusion in old age can be reduced and prevented. Hopefully, this study will lead to and inform action taken both locally and nationally to improve the situation of older people. The work was by Age Concern Barnsely and Sheffield Hallam University.

UK Data Archive

opens link in new window UK Data Archive

From the opens link in new window Government's Economic and Social Data Service, you can search for information on variables on more than 550 datasets, including the following surveys:

  • Annual Population Survey (End user licensed datasets only)
  • Labour Force Surveys/Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey
  • General Household Survey/Continuous Household Survey (Northern Ireland)
  • Family Expenditure Survey/Northern Ireland Family Expenditure Survey
  • Expenditure and Food Survey National Food Survey
  • Family Resources Survey
  • ONS Omnibus Survey
  • Survey of English Housing
  • Health Survey for England/Welsh Health Survey/Scottish Health Survey (SHeS)
  • Scottish Crime Survey
  • British Social Attitudes/Scottish Social Attitudes/Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (and the former Northern Ireland Social Attitudes)/Young People's Social Attitudes (periodic offshoot of the BSA)
  • National Travel Survey
  • Time Use Survey

Office for National Statistics

opens link in new window New ONS publications

opens link in new window Labour market stats

House of Commons

opens link in new window Library (deposited papers 2010)

Department for Work and Pensions

opens link in new window Stats and surveys (Family Resources Survey, Households Below Average Income, Pensioner Income Series)

opens link in new window DWP take up estimates

Department of Health/NHS  

opens link in new window NHS Information Centre (general NHS stats)

opens link in new window Clinical and health outcomes

opens link in new window Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)

opens link in new window Online NHS comparators

opens link in new window GP Patient Survey

Other sources

opens link in new window Poverty.org

opens link in new window Joseph Rowntree Foundation

opens link in new window Nuffield Trust

opens link in new window Institute for Fiscal Studies

opens link in new window DEMOS

opens link in new window Institute for Public Policy Research

opens link in new window The King’s Fund

opens link in new window Pensions Policy Institute

opens link in new window NHS Later Life library

opens link in new window DirectGov

opens link in new window House of Commons Hansard

opens link in new window House of Lords Hansard

opens link in new window World US Census Bureau World IDB

opens link in new window Eurostat stats portal

opens link in new window AARP International statistics database

opens link in new window CIA World Factbook

opens link in new window Reference Straight Statistics

opens link in new window Cambridge Online Dictionary

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