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While there is no doubt that young people have seen significant falls in living standards, this pamphlet challenges the myth that these are the result of older people hoarding all the wealth. Drawing on new analysis, the pamphlet argues that young people’s deteriorating prospects are a consequence of growing wealth inequalities across UK society. It also shows that tackling these effectively will require a far more ambitious and progressive strategy than advocates of cutting pensioner benefits admit.
There has been growing concern in UK political debate about the economic outlook and lifetime prospects of younger generations. Particular attention has focused on: • unprecedented levels of graduate debt following the increase in the cap on undergraduate tuition fees in England to £9,000 per year
An increasing number of stakeholders have argued that today’s younger cohorts are likely to be the first generation that will be poorer than their parents over their lifetime.
Amid such concerns, there has been growing focus in public policy debate on the contrasting positions of the ‘young’ versus the ‘old’. Commentators have argued:
This discussion paper uses analysis of household wealth – in particular, new research undertaken by the University of Bristol using the UK Wealth and Assets Survey (WAS) – to explore these arguments.