Stockpiling Space: How the pandemic has increased housing inequalities between older and younger generations

This report investigates housing inequalities over the last decade and during the COVID-19 pandemic. It investigates the growing inequalities in housing assets and housing space between renters and owners, between rich and poor, and most significantly between older and younger generations, concludes that England now has two housing nations. Key findings: COVID-19 has exacerbated housing… Read more »

Age Bias: How government spending is skewed against the young

This report investigates government spending and age and finds that: The gap in the amount of money the government spent on an older person compared to what it spent on a child has doubled over the past 19 years. The government now spends around £20,800 on each pensioner and only £14,700 on each child –… Read more »

Grey Power: Young people missing from politics

This report investigates the ageing of British national and local political representatives, compares UK political representation internationally, and asks whether younger generations need political representatives that understand their generations’s plight through lived experience. Data sources include: Parliamentary Data Platform Members API House of Commons Register of Members’ Financial Interests ONS Population Estimates EveryPolitician UN Population… Read more »

Young Adults 2020: IF Index of young adults’ wellbeing

This report is the latest Index of Wellbeing from IF and it overturns the common assumption of ever-improving living standards by showing that the current generation of 20-somethings now has a worse quality of life than their parents’ generation. The IF Index, which analyses 17 statistical indicators for 18 to 26 year-olds, starting in 1991… Read more »

Costing Young Minds: The fiscal consequences of a lack of spending on young adult mental health

This research paper written with methodological support from Mark Connolly, PhD, and Nikos Kotsopoulos, together with a foreword by Norman Lamb, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC), investigates the lost tax contributions to the government from a lack of earlier investment in the prevention of mental ill health in young… Read more »

Rabbit Hutch Homes: The growth of micro-homes

This research uses figures based on analysis of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Open Data, DCLG, and investigates the number of new homes being developed that are below the 37m2 minimum national space standards for a 1-person, 1-bedroom home with a shower. Written by housing expert Colin Wiles, with a foreword by Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor… Read more »

All Consuming Pressures: The cost-of-living crisis facing younger generations

IF’s latest report, supported by Yorkshire Building Society, looks at how much different age groups have to spend on a basket of essentials goods and services in order to investigate how the changing cost of living has affected younger generations: Under-35s households spend close to two thirds (63%) of their weekly expenditure on essentials; 40%… Read more »

The soaring costs of government pensions

How much society pays for pensions is  increasingly an intergenerational fairness issue, and this report updates our 2011 public sector pension report. It uses Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to quantify the number pension recipients receiving public sector pensions of more than £100,000 a year, over £50,000 a year, and pensions of more than the… Read more »