Safeguarding mental health among the young

There is a mental (ill-)health epidemic in the UK. Anxiety, self-harm and depression are on the rise among teenagers and university students, and not enough is being done to identify the root cause, nor to effectively treat those suffering. Rohin Burney-O’Dowd, IF summer intern, investigates

Nothing is certain but ageing and taxes

With rising rents, staggering student debts and increasing inflation that cuts into already depressed real wages, are young people’s finances at (tax) breaking point? Could age-based taxation improve the intergenerational balance? Elliot Jones, IF Summer Intern, explores…  

College dropout: Student loan hikes and hubris

After two successive years of increasing university dropout rates — especially rapid among students from the most disadvantaged areas — it is time for the government to reconsider the effect of large student debts upon university accessibility, and thus to re-evaluate the recent replacement of maintenance grants for students from low-income households with additional, burdensome loans.… Read more »

A summer of higher education discontent

The shock Labour party manifesto promise to remove tuition fees, as part of a pledge to young people in the recent General Election, has led to increasing scrutiny of the higher education finance system over the summer. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, investigates