Millennials need more democratic firepower to fight the growing inequalities between generations

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Incomes and Inequality, Intergenerational Commission

The demographers used to argue that it was bad news to be born into a big generation – there would be more competition for jobs and for houses.  You would travel through live economy class not club class.  But it has not turned out like that. Instead the big generation, the baby boomers, born from … Continued

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Our education system is tilted against social mobility

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

We like to think that a modern society is open and mobile – and our failures on social mobility really matter to Theresa May. It is one of the reasons for successive waves of education reform, the latest of which is being debated in parliament today, sparking a fiery debate about grammar schools not seen for … Continued

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Renewing the intergenerational contract could be as important to future generations as a successful EU exit

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Incomes and Inequality, Intergenerational Commission

We have become very sensitive to inequities of class or race or gender. But we have been ignoring a growing new problem – unfairness between the generations. When I wrote The Pinch six years ago it was the first book looking at Britain from the point of view of the different generations. Since then it … Continued

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Repairing the painful fractures between generations will be a crucial task for the new Prime Minister

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There’s a lot to do, and no-one around to do it. That’s the conclusion from Britain’s first week as a country on a course for Brexit. Most debate, and financial market turmoil, is focused on the huge task of redefining Britain’s role in the world. Whether we like it or not, and whether our leaders … Continued

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