How can we empower communities to tackle unfairness between generations?

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13 November 2018

The Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision this week focuses on the role of communities in reducing inequality between generations. This weeks evidence sessions look at both community assets and the role they can play in helping younger people with issues, such as housing costs and how more integrated communities and intergenerational engagement can reduce loneliness.


Tuesday 13 November in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 11.40am

  • Ailbhe McNabola, Head of Research and Policy, Power to Change
  • Stephen Rolph, Head of Community Assets and Enterprise, Locality
  • Dr Tom Archer, Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Thomas Moore, Lecturer in Planning, University of Liverpool

At 12.30pm

  • Oliver Lee OBE, Chief Executive, The Challenge
  • Iona Lawrence, The Cares Family
  • Dr Libby Drury, Lecturer in Organisational Psychology, Birkbeck University of London

Areas of discussion

In the first session, questions focus on how community assets and community participation in services can address intergenerational imbalances in housing shortages, low pay, job insecurity and poor in-work progression. It also considers the role of local and national Government in supporting community activity and whether generational segregation is making it harder for communities to run their own services.

The second session considers loneliness and how it impacts on different generations, whether the decline of the high street has increased loneliness and whether initiatives to reduce loneliness by bringing generations together are having proving effective.

Further information

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