IEA reacts to proposal for Government to handout £10,000 to millennials to fix intergenerational unfairness
“Why should the salary of a 40 year old person, earning the minimum wage, be redistributed to top-up a 25 year old, earning double or triple the average national income? There is nothing progressive about cash transfers that are based on age. This proposal stands in opposition to the fundamental principle of welfare safety nets: that resources are redistributed to those who are most in need.
“The UK is facing a major intergenerational crisis, and the Resolution Foundation’s commission has highlighted an array of areas, including housing and healthcare, where young people are getting a raw deal. But a one-off cash transfer would only address the symptoms of these deep-rooted problems, which require an overhaul of state restrictions and structures.
“£10,000 is a large sum of money, but with the cost of living so wildly out of control, this kind of pay-out wouldn’t be near enough for many young people to pay off their debts or get on to the housing ladder. A much more effective and less costly approach would be to liberalise our restrictive planning system to bring down the cost of housing altogether.
“What is essentially a short-term bribe will not distract young people from the barriers to entry they face when trying to transfer into adulthood.”
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