Can Britain afford higher tuition fees?

David Kingman asks if higher tuition fees that the government plans to charge will actually cost it more money because of a financial miscalculation   Since the government’s plan to charge £9,000 a year for tuition fees was announced, most of the debate surrounding them has centred on whether the plan is socially, rather than… Read more »

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“Future taxpayers will be paying a higher share of their incomes to their governments for a lower entitlement to services and benefits from their governments.” Diane Coyle, The Economics of Enough

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“All economies lack the kinds of statistics needed to ensure that policies take due account of their legacy for future generations.” Diane Coyle, The Economics of Enough

“Natural Wastage” and its intergenerational impact

Angus Hanton argues that using “natural wastage” as a policy for staff reduction has a negative impact on youth employment A classic insider/outsider problem arises when a firm or government department needs to sack people. Okay, “sacking” is too brutal – they need to “reduce headcount” or even to “re-engineer the workforce”.

Universities: 2012 looms

Antony Mason foresees chaos in the UK university system With the current summer round of AS and A level exams in full swing, the university entry year beginning September/October 2012 now appears clearly on the horizon. And there is every reason to fear that the university system as we know it is on the verge… Read more »

Is Italy heading for an intergenerational crisis?

Antony Mason notes that the intergenerational debate is hotting up in Italy, and asks if Italians have even greater reasons to be worried Last Sunday (22 May) the respected Italian TV programme Report (the equivalent the UK’s Panorama) broadcast an investigation on Rai 3 entitled Generazione a Perdere, making a convincing case that Italy’s young… Read more »

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“By 2050, Britain will have to spend £80 billion per year above what it does now on pensions, long-term elderly care and the NHS.” OECD, 23 May 2011

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“The cost of Britain’s ageing population will be 10 times more expensive than the financial crisis.” OECD, 23 May 2011