Ruth Hancock is Professor in the Economics of Health and Welfare in the Norwich Medical School at UEA. She specialises in the economics of ageing. She explores the financial implications of an ageing society – from both individual and state perspectives. She has a particular interest in long-term elderly care funding and models for different funding scenarios. This feeds into the work of the UK government on budget analysis and planning.
Ruth was previously an economist in the UK government’s Department for Health and Social Care. She has acted as a Special Advisor to the Work and Pensions Select Committee of the House of Commons. She is Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute and is a Member of the Advisory Group for the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Economics of Aging
Survey Design and Data Analysis
Elderly Care Stategies
Media Appearances (3)
The costs and trade-offs of reforming long-term care for older people
Lead researcher Prof Ruth Hancock, from the Health Economics Group at the University of East Anglia, said: "There have been big questions about whether people should have to use all their savings to pay for care in old age, or whether local authorities should be given funds to ensure that a minimum level of care is available to all those in high need—even if individuals have to contribute something towards that care."
Five-minute guide to the rising cost of care homes
Ruth Hancock, an economics professor at the University of East Anglia, says: “Using some of the savings on more generous long-term care and disability benefi ts would help older people on lower incomes who need care.”
Scottish and Welsh long-term care funding 'more generous' than English system
Ruth Hancock, professor in the economics of health and welfare at University of East Anglia (UEA), and part of the CASPeR research team, said the reforms could be as generous as the Scottish and Welsh regimes but only for those needing aid, especially residential care, for long periods.