National Insurance: young people and lower earners hit the hardest

Yesterday, MPs voted to approve raising employees’ National Insurance Contributions (NICs) by 1.25 percentage points, breaking a key manifesto promise not to raise taxes. While the government marketed the rise as “progressive”, in reality it is an intergenerationally unfair tax reform which will affect younger generations the most. Lizzie Simpson, IF Researcher, explains. A regressive… Read more »

New 95% mortgage policy will make homeownership even more unaffordable

The announcement of the 95% mortgage in this week’s budget may have initially sounded like good news for those in “generation rent” who have struggled for years to get onto the housing ladder. However, Lizzie Simpson, IF Researcher, explains why this policy is likely to make homeownership increasingly unachievable for young people in the longer… Read more »

Homeownership denied: an intergenerational injustice

There is real concern that the younger generation will have a lower standard of living than their parents – which violates a key principle of intergenerational fairness. One issue at the centre of this concern is housing. IF supporter Rosie Neville sees it from her perspective and offers some solutions

Government should lift the state pension “triple lock” next year, argues Treasury Select Committee

A new report from the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee has made a range of recommendations regarding how the government should address some of the economic challenges which the COVID-19 crisis has caused. One of its most eye-catching suggestions is that the “triple lock” on the State Pension should be lifted next year to… Read more »