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Long-term thinking needed to give everyone a good later life – response to Resolution Foundation report

A new report from Resolution Foundation, supported by the Nuffield Foundation, provides an audit of the big generational living standards issues facing Britain.

Claire Turner argues that successive governments have failed to respond to Britain’s changing population structure. But we must tread carefully if we frame challenges in terms of intergenerational fairness.

Claire Turner, Director of Evidence at the Centre for Ageing Better, said:

“Different generations in the UK have faced different economic and social circumstances. This has affected their chances to prosper over their lifetimes. In every generation there are stark inequalities between the haves and have nots.  

“Many of the issues identified in this report are the result of decades of political short termism and a failure by successive governments to respond to Britain’s changing population structure. We need Government to better answer the question of what kind of society we want to live in and how we should pay for it.

“We must tread carefully if we frame challenges in terms of intergenerational fairness. Comparing generations risks playing a game of statistical averages which could distract us from the very real poverty and disadvantage experienced by people across all ages.”

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