The Impact of Older People on the Economy in Devon

Age Concern Devon received a grant from Devon County Council to conduct a survey targeted at local pensioners and retirees in order to assess the impact that the recession has had on their income and quality of life. In addition to this, the research also examined the effect of any changes in discretionary spending by pensioners and retirees on the local economy.

This survey should provide a platform for Devon County Council, research and academic partners to gain regional and national profile from this innovative piece of work. Age Concern Devon approached Devon County Council with a proposal to undertake the survey. Four areas were identified based on the proportion of older people (60 years +). The survey time frame was April 2010 – 14 July 2010