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

“Goal Posts or Graves?”

Liz Emerson follows a recent report on the crisis in burial grounds to its logical intergenerational conclusion Janice Turner wrote an interesting article in the Saturday Times this past weekend (21 May 2011) on another battle between the generations – this time between the living and the dead.

Will You Look After Your Own?

Liz Emerson asks who will pay for the growing burden of an ageing population The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development announced last week (18 May 2011) that the cost of caring for the elderly could treble by 2050. The body, which represents the most industrialised nations, estimates that 10% of people in OECD countries… Read more »

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Of care for the elderly: “Savers aren’t saving for it, families aren’t planning for it, local authorities have next to no budget for it.” Ros Altmann, Director-General, Saga

Was the AV vote an intergenerational issue?

Antony Mason suggests that younger generations risk a relentless erosion of their voter power No exit polls were taken at the Referendum on the Alternative Vote (AV), so it is impossible to say quite how the vote went in terms of age bands. However, pre-Referendum polls suggested a strong bias among younger voters towards a… Read more »