Young people and housing, renting and climate anxiety

As part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, explains how anxiety is woven into so many parts of young people’s lives today. The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is “anxiety” and it is a fitting topic for those of us working to protect the interests of younger and future generations. Beset by… Read more »

Young let down by Starmer and Sunak?

This week the leaders of the UK’s two biggest political parties, Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer, laid out their visions for the country. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, uses the lens of intergenerational fairness to assess their proposals on the key issues that most affect younger and future generations

Worries over money overtake climate change concerns

Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, investigates new Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey data on worries about climate change and argues that the government should be doing much more to reduce the cost of living through a green lens. Money worries A recent ONS survey on worries about climate change found that, when asked about a… Read more »

A-Level Day for Generation COVID

Hundreds of thousands of students have received their A-Level grades having navigated another year of educational disruption thanks to COVID-19-related government policy. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, looks at the numbers and calls for more financial government support for higher education students. Two-thirds of students make grades Two-thirds of students will gain entry to their first… Read more »

Reforming renting: good but not enough

The governme​​nt has published a Renters Reform Bill aiming for a fairer private rented sector. Liz Emerson, IF co-founder, weighs up whether these reforms are good news for younger generations. ​ The government has unveiled plans to provide greater legal protections to the millions of renters in England and it has been rather amusing watching… Read more »

Feeding off students, yet again

In a week full of news, the government slipped out the announcement that student loan interest rates will be capped. That might sound like good news for students, but as Liz Emerson, IF co-founder explains, the young will be paying back much more than ever before, and for longer. The cap The retail price index… Read more »

The loneliness epidemic: mental health, young people and intergenerational inequality

Loneliness is the theme of this year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, lays out IF’s research into young people’s loneliness and explains why greater investment in earlier mental health interventions is needed. A decade in the making For more than a decade the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) has researched the plight of young people. In 9… Read more »

Local elections – will you vote?

Many areas of the England, Scotland and Wales will have local elections tomorrow, 5th May. With turnout historically very low, particularly among younger people, Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, investigates what issues younger generations can influence locally and why voting locally matters. What does your local councillor do? Local councils are responsible for a wide range… Read more »

A once in a lifetime chance to protect the world’s seas for future generations

Humans have been fishing the seas and travelling the oceans for over 40,000 years. In this blog, Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, explains what action is being taken to protect our seas and oceans today for future generations. United Nations Conference From the 7 to 18 March 2022, the United Nations (UN) is convening the fourth… Read more »