Ministers to face Lords’ questions on intergenerational fairness

14 December 2018

Ministers from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Education and The Treasury will next week give evidence to the House of Lords Committee on Intergenerational Fairness.

The evidence sessions will start at 11:25am on Tuesday 18 December in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

Giving evidence to the Committee will be:


  • Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Department for Education


  • John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister, HM Treasury

In the first session questions will focus on what the Government is doing to ensure appropriate access to training for younger workers and reskilling for lower paid mid-career workers as well as ensuring employers support flexible working where employees request it.  The Committee will also ask Mr Sharma whether the DWP will publish its data on households with below average income broken down by age and how the labour market is contributing to intergenerational imbalances.

In the second session the Committee will focus on the impact of tax on intergenerational fairness including whether income tax should be charged in age-related benefits and employees over state pension age are exempt from National Insurance, whether the likelihood of significant student debt write-offs means the cost of higher education is simply being transferred on to future generations and whether taxes including stamp duty and inheritance tax should be reformed to ensure they are fair to all age groups.

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