Wednesday 22 May 2019

New threats to an age-old problem: How poverty varies across our generations and lifecycles

Wednesday 22 May, 9.30-10.45am, Resolution Foundation offices, Westminster

Poverty is an age-old problem, and one that we often assume is concentrated amongst the young and old. But the nature and timing of poverty varies much more than we think between generations and over the lifecycle. Understanding these shifts is crucial if we are to make the right interventions to reduce poverty throughout society.

At what stage of one’s life is the risk of poverty greatest, and has this changed for different generations? Are specific groups particularly susceptible to certain drivers of poverty? And what are the most effective interventions to reduce poverty among children, pensioners and all other groups?

In the run-up to the launch of the Intergenerational Centre in mid-June, which is housed within the Resolution Foundation and supported by the Nuffield Foundation, our analysts presented research on poverty rates across different generations, and explored how this has evolved over time. A panel of experts then discussed how we should understand – and reduce – poverty through an intergenerational lens, before taking part in an audience Q&A.


John Hills, Professor of Social Policy, LSE

Polly Toynbee, Columnist at The Guardian

Fahmida Rahman, Researcher at the Resolution Foundation

Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation