A New Intergenerational Contract

With a preface written by Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, this report sets out the philosophical underpinnings of intergenerational justice concerns. Certainly the philosophy is there – intergenerational justice and themes that relate to it have been analysed and discussed by some of the greatest minds of political philosophy – but a large… Read more »

Escape of the wealthy: The unfairness of the English student finance system

This report looks at the UK higher education fee regime and finds that 10% of the 1 million+ UK-domiciled full-time and part-time students studying first degrees at English universities are likely to escape the student fee system by paying their fees up front, undermining successive government claims that the current system is progressive. The research… Read more »

Baby-boomers concessions: How ticket discounts for a wealthier generation reinforce unfairness

This report looks at 35 of the UK’s leading attractions’ ticketing policies and questions whether their ticketing policies are intergenerationally fair. The report finds that more than 75% of paid-entrance museums, galleries and attractions in the UK are giving £65 million worth of ticket-price concessions each year to the over-60s, regardless of their ability to… Read more »

An Extraordinary Anomaly: Why workers over state pension age should pay National Insurance

An extraordinary anomaly currently exists in the UK tax system. There is a serious imbalance in the tax treatment of UK workers who belong to different age groups. People who work beyond their state pension age become exempt from paying National Insurance contributions, a tax break which the Intergenerational Foundation believes has now become impossible to… Read more »

Rigged: How the North Sea oil and gas industry is undermining future generations

This paper explains how each child in the UK could be handed a toxic bill of up to £3,000 if the government allows North Sea oil and gas companies to escape their decommissioning obligations. The bill for the expensive legacy of decommissioning 3,000 pipelines covering 8,000 kilometres, 5,000 wells, 250 fixed installations and 250 subsea… Read more »

Weaponising Interest Rates: How UK governments have set interest rates to the detriment of the young

This paper calls on the Government to stop using the interest rates it controls in ways that penalise the young. It investigates the use of different interest rates set by government departments by the age of the borrower or saver. The paper demonstrates that over recent years governments have decided that “age” is a justifiable basis… Read more »

Youth Quake: Young people and the 2017 General Election

This academic audit of political party offers to younger generations concludes that the Conservative party will have to do much more to attract the youth vote. Written by Dr James Sloam and Muhammad Rakib Ehsan, Royal Holloway, University of London, the report explores why some political parties did better than others at re-engaging younger generations,… Read more »

Generation Remain: Understanding the Millennial vote

“The most detailed analysis we have to date on why young people voted as they did” (from the foreword by Dr Manmit Bhambra, LSE European Institute’s Generation Brexit project lead). This IF report identifies four different “tribes” of Millennial voters in the EU Referendum. The multi-faceted analysis, which uses latent class analysis to segment the… Read more »

Tall Tales: Graduate prospects in the UK labour market

The number of graduates in non-graduate jobs has remained stubbornly high at more than 46% for recent graduates over the period when university fees were tripled, rising to 35% for non-recent graduates. This paper looks as recent Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures and argues that there appears to be no graduate premium for many… Read more »