The Private Finance Initiative and Intergenerational Equity

Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deals have rapidly proliferated since they were first introduced in autumn 1991 as a means of bringing private sector finance and expertise into public sector asset procurement. There are now estimated to be around 860 active PFI projects in the UK, and the country’s total PFI liabilities to the taxpayer have… Read more »

Public Opinion Research into Attitudes on Future Generations

How concerned is the public about future generations? IF – working alongside the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development – attempted to answer this question using opinion polling undertaken by Ipsos MORI which gathered views from a representative sample of 989 UK adults. The results showed that the UK public is far more concerned about… Read more »

Hoarding of Housing: the intergenerational crisis in the housing market

In this research study – undertaken on behalf of IF by housing expert Matt Griffith – IF calls for a new approach to try to solve the housing crisis facing young people. Britain has a national shortage of good-quality, affordable housing. Most policy interventions in the housing market aim to either boost supply (which has… Read more »

The Poor Perception of Young People in the UK

How are young people in the UK viewed by the rest of society compared to their peers in other European countries? In order to investigate, IF has analysed data from the European Social Survey, a biennial poll which measures the social attitudes of 57,000 respondents across 29 European countries. The results give the striking impression… Read more »

A Small Number with Surprisingly Large Consequences: why the government choice of discount rate should interest everyone

How much will the pension promises which we are making today cost us in the future? In this fascinating new analysis, Angus Hanton argues that the government has been guilty of systematically undervaluing the cost of its pension liabilities towards public sector workers in order to avoid having to make difficult political decisions about how… Read more »