Can we make the tax system fair to all generations? Committee ask experts

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23 November 2018

Across two evidence sessions, with academics, think tanks and media commentators, the Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision explores whether the tax system is fair to people at different stages in life. The Committee will consider whether it is appropriate to provide universal benefits with qualifications based on age, the balance between income and property tax and whether the ageing population will have a profound effect on tax and spending policies in the coming decades.


Tuesday 27 November in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 11.40am

  • Professor James Sefton, Chair in Economics, Imperial College London
  • Julian McCrae, Senior Advisor to the International School of Government, King’s College London
  • Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times

At 12.30pm

  • Professor Sir John Hills, Chair of CASE and Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics
  • Warwick Lightfoot, Head of Economics and Social Policy, Policy Exchange
  • Carys Roberts, Senior Economist, Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Rory Meakin, Research Fellow, TaxPayers’ Alliance

Areas of discussion

The first session focuses on how far the Government should consider the impact of its policies on future generations and how effectively it can analyse the impact of different polices on different generations.

The second session looks at whether workers beyond state pension age should pay national insurance contributions, the appropriateness of universal pensioner benefits and whether we should shift the balance of taxation onto the consumption rather than transaction of housing, for example by reducing stamp duty but increasing council tax.

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