Do we need to mind the intergenerational gap?


  • 14/12/2020
    13:00 - 14:00

Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic the rhetoric around inequality between the generations has ramped up. The prevailing view appears to be that the divide between the prosperous old and the deserted young is widening. Baby boomers have come under fire for “taking their children’s future”. 

 Is this an accurate narrative, or one that needlessly stokes resentment? Is “inter-generational conflict” an apt term, or an overly simplistic view of complex changes that have taken place in the last two decades?  

And how do we boost prospects for the young, many of whom have been hit hard by this pandemic? What role can housing policy play and why have successive governments failed to get a handle on planning reform? How have changes such as the composition of the population or higher education policy impacted the young?  


Annabel Denham (chair), Director of Communications, Institute of Economic Affairs
Madeline Grant, Parliamentary Sketchwriter and Columnist, The Telegraph
Sophie Sandor, Film Director and Producer
Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow, Institute of Economic Affairs
Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, President of the Advisory Council and Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation

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