New report warns that policies will be even more geared to the oldies
The chart above is from the Intergenerational Fairness Foundation (IF) a think tank researches fairness between generations. It believes “that, while increasing longevity is welcome, government policy must be fair to all generations â€“ old, young or those to come.”
As a result of medical advances and having healthier lifestyles we are living longer. This combined with a far lower participation level in the political process amongst the younger age groups is driving the trend towards the average age of those who actually vote going up.
Developments such as individual voter registration are exacerbating the age balance movement and, inevitably, policies become geared to voters rather than those groups who are less likely to participate.
This is all good news for the Tories. Indeed one of the reasons for the GE2015 polling fail was that the very old age segments were not featured strongly enough.
Buzzfeed which has an interesting report on the issue notes:
“The report, released on Thursday, said young voters had already suffered the “systematic removal of their welfare protections” â€“ such as housing benefit, unemployment benefits and maintenance grants â€“ to fund Â£5 billion of “universal benefits” for the old.
To counter Britain’s changing age profile, older people must be encouraged to vote in the long-term interests of their children and grandchildren, it said.”
This is not a new issue but it is not one that is going to go away.