Ministers to face Committee's questions on intergenerational fairness
14 December 2018
Ministers from the Department for Education, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Treasury give evidence to the Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision.
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- Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision
Tuesday 18 December in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster
- Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions
- The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Department for Education
- Iain Walsh, Director, Labour Market Strategy and International Affairs, Department for Work and Pensions
- John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister, HM Treasury
- Lindsey Whyte, Director, Personal Tax, Welfare and Pensions, HM Treasury
Areas of discussion
In the first session questioning focuses 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 is also asking Alok Sharma MP 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.
The second session looks into the impact of tax on intergenerational fairness, including whether income tax should be charged in age-related benefits and employees over state pension age being exempt from National Insurance. The Committee is also looking into whether the likelihood of significant student debt write-offs means the cost of higher education is simply being transferred on to future generations and if taxes including stamp duty and inheritance tax should be reformed to ensure they are fair to all age groups.