Restore the contract between the generations
Last updated: 03:04pm 22 November 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.63
We will restore the contract between the generations, providing older people with security against ill health while ensuring we maintain the promise of opportunity and prosperity for younger generations.
“the principle that different generations provide support to each other across the different stages of their lives”
It is based on mutual respect and care for each other across the divisions of age. The report goes on to say:
“That contract is under threat, with widespread concern that young adults may not achieve the progress their predecessors enjoyed”
This policy is a promise to address that concern, and to “restore the contract between the generations”. It aims to do so by providing security against ill health for the elderly, and offering opportunities and prosperity for the young.
Many of the government’s health policies can be said to contribute towards the aim of security against ill health for the elderly, but some are specifically targeted:
- Improve the care we give people at the end of life
- Reduce loneliness for older people
- Provide dignity and protection in old age
- Promote technological solutions to prolong independent living
- Invest in dementia research
We’ve looked at all the policies individually and they have a range of statuses.
Assessing the impact of government policies on generational attitudes is essentially an impossible task – no one could ever confidently say this policy is either ‘broken’ or ‘done’. We’ve put links below to opinion pieces and surveys so you can reach your own conclusion on whether the generational divide is growing or shrinking.
For us, there’s evidence that some policies are aimed at restoring the intergenerational contract, but other developments under this administration (most notably the ongoing Brexit saga) can be viewed as hindering that restoration. Work may have begun to keep this promise, but there’s a long way to go. As a result, we will consider this is ‘in progress’.
Get the details
- A New Generational Contract: The final report of the Intergenerational Commission – Resolution Foundation
- ‘Generational divide’: UK split by age over tax rises for public services – The Guardian
- Boomers vs millennials: the defining schism in UK politics – New Statesman
- Generation wars over Brexit – and beyond: how young and old are divided over social values – The London School of Economics and Political Science
- British Social Attitudes 36 – The National Centre for Social Research
- Brexit – BBC News
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