Abstract

Hirst M, Corden A. Trends and Changes in Household and Personal Circumstances on Death of a Partner in England and Wales, 1971 to 2001. York: Social Policy Research Unit, University of York; 2010

This article examines trends and changes in the personal and household circumstances of couples separated by death at four successive censuses from 1971 to 2001 in England and Wales. It provides a descriptive analysis using data from the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study which represents approximately a one per cent sample of the population. Findings draw attention to the effects of mortality improvements and changes in family and household composition of couples separated by death. The influence of recent trends in labour force participation, home ownership and car use, and how these circumstances changed following the death of a spouse or partner, are also described. The financial and economic implications for couples and bereaved partners are discussed in a concluding section.