Author: Age Cymru
Published on 26 June 2012 02:00 PM
Commenting on the publication of The Intergenerational Fairness Index report today that claims younger people in the UK are losing out financially and politically to older generations, Age Cymru’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs Graeme Francis says:
“Clearly there must be a balance between the needs of all groups in society, especially at a time when we are all feeling the effects of a shrinking public purse.
“We must all have the same chances and opportunities regardless of our stage of life to play and full and active role in society – from getting an education, finding a job, to accessing services that allow us to lead life to the full and contributing to our local communities.
“While Age Cymru has stated that older people must not be disproportionately affected by the current economic climate, the same should also hold true for younger people.
“What this report fails to recognise is that straightforward comparison between generations is not possible and people are being affected by the economic outlook in a multitude of different and individual ways.
“Other research shows that it is the poorest people in society who are being most affected, regardless of their age.
“On the subject of political engagement, the fact that younger people are traditionally less likely to take an active interest in politics than middle-aged and older people, has been well documented for a number of years.
“Wider society must seek to ensure that younger people are empowered to take part in the democratic process and that they see the benefit of making their voices heard on the issues that matter to them”.