Work and Pensions Committee

Intergenerational fairness inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Deadline for written submissions was Friday 19 February 2016.

Scope of the inquiry

The inquiry aims to answer the question of whether the current generation of people in or approaching retirement will over the course of their lifetimes have enjoyed and accumulated much more housing and financial wealth, public service usage, and welfare and pension entitlements than more recent generations can hope to receive.

Questions the Committee is looking to address include:

  • What has been the collective impact on different generations of policies in recent years, including welfare reform and deficit reduction with areas of protected spending?
  • To what extent is intergenerational fairness a welfare issue?
  • What effects are these changes projected to have over time? Are they sustainable? What have the long-term trends been?
  • How does the welfare system interact with other areas of public expenditure and income and wealth in the wider economy, including issues of health, education and housing
  • Is the triple-lock necessary to prevent future increases in pensioner poverty?


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