This paper calls on the Government to stop using the interest rates it controls in ways that penalise the young. It investigates the use of different interest rates set by government departments by the age of the borrower or saver. The paper demonstrates that over recent years governments have decided that “age” is a justifiable basis on which to offer loans and savings products at different interest rates, to the exclusive benefit of older people.
The paper concludes that the Government should follow the lead of HMRC and standardise the basic rate at which it lends, regardless of the age of the borrower. RPI should be consigned to history, and a standard discount rate should be adopted based on the government’s cost of borrowing.