COVID-19 and young people’s mental health

NHS Digital recently published one of the first comprehensive studies of the mental health of children and young people during the pandemic. Melissa Bui explains how the bleak picture painted by the findings belongs to the larger narrative surrounding spending on children and young people generally

Ever upwards: at what age will Millennials retire?

The UK’s State Pension Age has been rising steadily over recent years in response to increasing longevity, and last week it finally reached the new milestone of 66 for both men and women. What will happen to the State Pension Age next? David Kingman explores what this could mean for the future

Environment in the media: not always following the science

Media coverage of environmental issues – such as plastic and climate change – has helped to trigger global environmental movements over the years. Although we have a lot of reasons to be grateful that these issues have become particularly newsworthy, what happens when the key environmental priorities reported in the media do not align with… Read more »

Government should lift the state pension “triple lock” next year, argues Treasury Select Committee

A new report from the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee has made a range of recommendations regarding how the government should address some of the economic challenges which the COVID-19 crisis has caused. One of its most eye-catching suggestions is that the “triple lock” on the State Pension should be lifted next year to… Read more »

The Pandemic: Testing Intergenerational Solidarity

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting intergenerational solidarity under severe strain, as young generations are bearing the brunt on behalf of older generations who are vulnerable – with few signs of reciprocal acknowledgement. But IF Research Intern Hugo Till sees a glimmer of hope amid the tensions

Mental health and the “Lockdown Generation”: an opportunity for change?

The Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC) released their first annual report last week. The report collates the views and evidence submitted by over 200 coalition members, including IF’s, on the state of children’s and young people’s mental health, the effectiveness of current services and initiatives, and how we can move forward given… Read more »

Does the new Job Support Scheme do enough to help young workers?

Last week Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled the government’s new support measures which are designed to help workers who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. David Kingman looks at what they could mean for younger workers whose living standards are at risk