Chairs of Commons Work and Pensions and Lords Economic Affairs committees to give evidence to Intergenerational Fairness Committee

26 October 2018


How fair is the UK’s current intergenerational settlement? Is Government housing policy giving one generation an unfair advantage? Is the current student funding system passing on the cost of higher education to future generations?

These are among the questions Frank Field MP, Chair of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee and Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, Chair of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will be asked on Tuesday 30 October 2018 by the House of Lords Committee on Intergenerational Fairness.

These evidence sessions, which are open to the public, start at 11.40am on Tuesday 30 October 2018.

At 11.40am the Committee will hear evidence from Frank Field MP.

Questions he will be asked include:

  • Is the social security system equally fair to different generations?
  • Should universal pensioner benefits continue in the future?
  • How prepared is the state for the ageing society and the demographic shift?
  • Has the rise of the gig economy and non-standard employment contracts negatively affected younger workers?

At 12.30pm the Committee will hear evidence from Lord Forsyth of Drumlean.

Questions he will be asked include:

  • How much progress has the Government made on reforming the housing market since the publication of the Economic Affairs Committee’s Building more homes report?
  • Is the Government neglecting tenures other than homeownership? Or is more recent Government action remedying this situation?
  • Is the taxation of property in need of reform?
  • Most students will not pay off their student loans, so what will be the long-term effect of student loan repayments on the living standards of younger generations?
  • How should the institutional landscape change for post-18 education, especially for those not attending university?

These evidence sessions start at 11:40am on Tuesday 30 October in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.

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