2022: the year young people were seriously impoverished

Friday 23 September 2022, a day that will live in infamy, was the culmination of changes which will impoverish younger people, argues Angus Hanton, IF Co-founder. Interest rates up Most strikingly, interest rates shot up which squeezed borrowers and will be particularly difficult for younger people with mortgages. Younger people will often have taken on debts which were for… Read more »

The mounting crises for young people on the PM’s desk

As Liz Truss settles in to 10 Downing Street IF’s Digital Campaigns Officer, Liam Hill, considers what is top of the list of priorities for the new Prime Minister, and what ought to be higher on the list. Energy: the big one Last week, the government announced a plan to freeze energy bills for consumers… Read more »

An ‘everything crisis’: how we can overcome multiple challenges by solving the housing crisis

Rents are at the highest they have ever been, property prices continue to soar and young people and low- and middle-income workers also face a cost-of-living crisis. Simultaneously we are facing other crises ranging from the environment to mental health. Alec Haglund, IF Researcher, argues that by solving the housing crisis it would be possible… Read more »

What an election in Ontario tells us about housing, voter dissolution and intergenerational fairness

Umair Muhammad is the Knowledge to Action Lead at Generation Squeeze, a Canadian organisation dedicated to promoting the rights and wellbeing of younger generations. In this blog, he sets out the lessons to be learned from recent elections in the province of Ontario. The wrong sort of record On 2 June, a record-setting election took… Read more »

Abolishing stamp duty can help us achieve intergenerational equity

In this contribution to IF’s Worldwide Blog Week 2022, Andrew Dixon, Founder of Fairer Share, a UK-based property taxation campaign group, explains how abolishing stamp duty can make society fairer for younger generations. Growing gerontocracy The basis of our society, as well as many foundational economic models, is that people will tend to vote in… Read more »

The leadership will change – will any policies?

Alec Haglund, IF researcher, explores whether the 2022 Conservative leadership race will provide an opportunity for a renewed national debate and discussion about solving the country’s problems. Empty talk For a democracy to be healthy and thriving, there must always be space for an open discussion about how to improve people’s lives and how to… Read more »

Should the 3 million pensioner millionaires be benefiting from the pensions triple lock?

With new figures recently published showing that the wealth gap between pensioners and the rest of society is as wide as it has ever been, IF Co-Founder Angus Hanton considers the ramifications of this growing inequality, and asks whether the triple lock on the state pension has had its time. Almost quadrupled in ten years… 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 »

Generations apart: how the intergenerational contract has weakened since 1952

The celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee are taking place over the upcoming weekend. To mark the occasion, the Intergenerational Foundation’s Digital Campaigns Officer Liam Hill considers, through the lens of the intergenerational contract, how the UK has changed over the last 70 years. It goes without saying: a lot has changed in the… Read more »

Packhorse Generation: how the cost of living crisis disproportionately impacts the young

On 7 June IF is hosting a webinar (sign-up here) on the cost-of-living crisis facing young people. In this article, John Hobby, IF researcher, explains the economic backdrop to the mounting financial pressures facing younger generations. Consumer price inflation hit 9% in April, a four decade high that will squeeze the spending power of the… Read more »