August is a funny month in UK universities. I wandered into the corridor yesterday to find two young South Korean students waiting patiently in our waiting area, despite being surrounded by closed doors. When I asked whether I could help them, they explained in faltering but perfectly intelligible English that they were undergraduate students from … Continue reading
On the day that the Tory-LibDem Alliance have passed a bill that paves the way for the marketisation of health, I think it’s important to reflect on why universal benefits are so important if we want to see solidarity among our citizens and between generations. More than two years ago, I was invited by Jean … Continue reading
I have found myself Dr Angry over the last two days. I mean Dr Really Angry. It started with the amount of airtime given to a new outfit, The Intergenerational Foundation, which describes itself as having been established to research ‘fairness’ between current and future generations in the UK. They published a report that suggests … Continue reading
Reading a student dissertation comparing the English long term care system with that of Japan, and wondering *just why every welfare system we create in the UK has to be quite so complicated*?
I presented a paper last week at the Child and Family Law Quarterly Seminar, entitled ‘UK Pension Reform: Implications for Family Law’. It meant looking up the latest stats, as well as collating some of our research on poverty in later life, and thinking about where we have got to on this issue, which affects … Continue reading
The government, in drafting age discrimination equality legislation, decided that employers could legitimately refuse to provide insured benefits, like medical insurance, life cover, and salary protection, to the over 65s, creating substantial differentials in salary if you include perks, as well as leaving over 65s much more exposed to risk. Employers provide these benefits, but … Continue reading
A lot of people are wondering how the government has arrived at the figure of £140 a week for the proposed new state pension. The justification I have heard (from a number of sources) for the apparently thumb-sucked figure is to ensure it is just above the Guarantee Credit ‘poverty line’, which is currently £137.35 … Continue reading
Attending the HC Work and Pensions Committee yesterday to discuss the new proposed single tier pension as suggested in the Green Paper, “A State Pension for the 21st Century”, one idea was repeatedly raised by the MPs – what to say to constituents who say that they contributed all their lives to National Insurance, only … Continue reading
Almost a million older people are materially and socially deprived on four or more essential items. Surely as a society we can do better.
How should we engage children and young people in thinking about long term financial well-being? I know this is a little off-piste, but I really do think that the greatest way to engage children in understanding of lifetime and lifecourse issues (of all kinds) is to encourage living in intergenerational communities. Where interacting with people … Continue reading