Have the older generation benefited at the expense of the young?
As of last month, we have a new State Pension system which is expected to reduce pensioner poverty and raise low income levels, especially for women. Meanwhile, the Work and Pensions Committee is taking evidence on the question of Intergenerational Fairness – have the older generation benefited at the expense of the young?
It has been common practice for some time – and perhaps now more than ever – for journalists to emphasise the political differences between young and old in areas such as voting preferences or political agendas, and to frame those differences in terms of generational ‘conflict’ or ‘war’.
Our analysis of the British Election Study shows some interesting results; young people are more likely to hold extreme right-wing views, and the middle-aged (46-65 year-olds) are more likely to be extremely left-wing.
More than 965 million people use the Social Network Site Facebook everyday, to share content and interact with friends. Most of these friends are alive. But some of them are dead.
A short term rise in wages may be on the cards but the long term economic challenges from population ageing run deep.
Today’s Metro front page splash reports that “Lidl will become the first supermarket in the UK to pay employees a minimum wage recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.” It is great news for employees in this traditionally low paid sector. Continue reading
The Association of Colleges has this week reported that the Skills Funding Ageing has asked colleges to make further cuts to adult learning. The 3.9% cuts come on top of a 24% hit to budgets and follow long term falls disinvestment in spending on adult learning. Continue reading
“I am power of attorney for my mother and this takes time and research to ensure her money is well invested, who will do this for me?”
“Having enough money, that’s the crucial thing. If you don’t have children but have money you can at least pay for someone to look after you but what if you don’t?”
“I don’t have anyone who can act on my behalf, no children, no family, nothing! Tell me who is going to make sure I’m not ripped off?” Continue reading
During an election campaign it is easy to get bogged down in rhetoric, gaffs and differences in individual policies. With polling day now upon us we look ahead to the concerns of the new Parliament. Continue reading
At the two extremes of the political spectrum our analysis shows that its is social attitudes, rather than economic attitudes, which drive voting decisions.
As previously discussed in this blog, the economy dominates political discourse in the media. But for many people a wider vision of what type of society we want to live in, and how we treat others around us, is also important in shaping political choices on Election Day. Continue reading