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SOCIAL EXCLUSION IS ON THE INCREASE

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The percentage of over 75-year-olds being helped to live at home has declined by a sixth in four years, research sh...
The percentage of over 75-year-olds being helped to live at home has declined by a sixth in four years, research shows.

A Joseph Rowntree Foundation study on poverty and social exclusion reveals a drop of 16% in 1994 to 13% in 1997.

Only a quarter of county councils help more over-65s live at home than average compared with two-thirds of mets and London boroughs.

Exclusions from secondary schools have risen fourfold since 1990 and births to school-age mothers have reached their highest ever level. The gap between rich and poor was widening again when Labour came to power, after a modest decline in the middle years of John Major's administration.

The foundation has called on the government to use the statistics to monitor its own progress against Tony Blair's pre-election promise to raise living standards.

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion is available from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, tel: 01904 430033.

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