Category Archives: young people

apply National Insurance Contributions to pensioners’ earnings, think tank reports

A new generational contract is needed to tackle the big challenges Britain faces for young and old, covering a better funded NHS and care system, a radically reformed housing market, and a new citizen’s inheritance to boost the prospects of younger generations. This is according to the final report of the Intergenerational Commission published today (Tuesday).

Over the last two years and via 22 reports, the Intergenerational Commission – chaired by Lord Willetts and including TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn – has investigated the stresses and strains on Britain’s contract between generations, and what can be done to renew it.

The generational contract reflects the fact that we judge the success of a society by how it treats its old, and believe strongly that each generation should have a better life than the one before.

However, the Commission warns that the public are increasingly questioning whether Britain is offering young people the prospects previous generations have enjoyed. This is not just confined to younger generations either, with healthcare now the most pressing area of worry for British adults.

The Commission finds that much of this pessimism is borne out by the evidence it has uncovered:

Income and wealth progress for young adults has stalled

New analysis shows that the disposable incomes of millennials at age 30 are no higher than the generation before them (generation X) at that age – despite the economy growing by 14 per cent over the last 15 years. In contrast, the incomes of baby boomers at age 30 were more than one third higher than the generation before them.
Millennials are half as likely as the baby boomers were to own their own home by 30, and are four times as likely to rent in the private sector.
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Our comment: That ‘Millenials’ are less well off than previous generations is understood, and the need for appropriate levels of funding for the NHS, though we believe that the cost should be shared by all. Older people have already lost the Age Related Tax Allowance.

Bus operators plan free travel for ‘neets’ (Young people not in work or education )

Read moreYoung people not in work or education could be in line for free bus travel after leading bus operators pledged to back a plan aimed at helping the under-25s back to work.

The scheme, already backed by the big five transport firms who run 70% of the UK bus services, would offer limited free or heavily discounted travel to Britain’s 1 million-plus Neets – young people not in education, employment or training.

The details are yet to be agreed nationwide but should enable the record numbers of young unemployed to benefit from some kind of assistance by mid-autumn – likely a voucher scheme, albeit still far less generous than the passes enjoyed by over-60s.

The proposals come from Greener Journeys – a campaign funded by Arriva, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead and Stagecoach. National Express has also agreed to back the scheme. The costs would be paid from the bus operators’ existing revenues and grants rather than new funding, although government help will be needed to design effective identification of eligible passengers.

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What we need is more silver haired politicians

There seems to have been a move in recent years from experienced politicians to young and inexperienced ones leading the Uk’s political parties, and we’re not sure it has been a good move. Look at the party leaders we have now, Cameron, Clegg and Milliband, hardly a grey hair in sight – the country has gone more for people who may present themselves better on TV rather than those who will provide sound leadership. It isn’t of course the state of their hair that concerns us, it is the lack of experience displayed in making important decisions – note the number of important decisions that the coalition government has made recently and then realised it was folly and reversed them.
In December 2010 Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England told the US ambassador to London, Louis Susman, that he was worried about the Conservative leadership’s “lack of experience”. and how right he appears to have been. And it is highly likely that he would have made similar comments if the person at the helm was Ed Milliband or Nick Clegg. (Nick Clegg certainly came over well in the last election TV debates, but has he made a sound decision since ?).

It wasn’t long ago that PM Cameron admitted that he was learning as he went along in the job, but surely what we need is to elect people who have the experience and ability to get things right, and in this respect, noting how many more people are continuing to work after reaching pensionable age, lets have some experienced people of pensionable age leading the UK’s political parties.

So who would we like to see bring experience to the leadership their parties, Ken Clarke?, Harriet Harman? – your comments and suggestions are invited.

more pensioners in work than immigrants and young people

In the last ten years the number of over 65s in employment has doubled to nearly 900,000. If this habit continues to spread we can look forward to more efficient service in shops, offices and restaurants.

Maybe it is because I am getting on a bit myself these days that I am so irascible, but I am fed up of having to repeat everything twice because waiters, salespeople and call centres haven’t the foggiest idea what I am saying, either because they’ve got something else on their young minds or because they don’t speak English.

Elderly workers have the benefit of experience behind them but also a good attitude and level of professionalism often lacked by young and foreign workers

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Sixth form school girl passes her bus driving test

A sixth form school girl will now be able to drive her fellow pupils to school after passing her PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) licence last Friday. Jodie Wood from Cumbria is now a fully fledged bus driver at just 18 years of age, however the school girl may have had a distinct advantage as driving is in her blood being the third generation of her family to become a qualified bus driver.
18-year-old Jodie is now qualified to drive a vehicle up to 12 ton in weight and with a maximum number of 70 seats, so perfect if she’s planning a day out with all her friends!
The teenager has been working to pass all stages of the bus driving test, including the Driver Certificate Professional Competence and the PCV since turning 18 last year. Jodie was encouraged to try for her bus licence after passing her standard car driving test with an almost perfect score, only clocking up one minor in her whole test.
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Bargain rail travel for over 55s sparks call for struggling youngsters to get the same

RAIL managers were last night urged to give young people a break, as pensioners and senior workers began to enjoy their latest cut-price travel offer.

From last week until December 14, anyone aged 55 or over can travel for just £18 return between any stations on the Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) network. The £18 fare is discounted for holders of senior railcards.

Critics claim the starting age of 55 makes the bargain fares available to people who may have considerable disposable income, for example if they are on senior salary grades and no longer have mortgages and dependent children.

By comparison, many young adults are struggling to find jobs and afford a home, while owning and driving car is prohibitively expensive.

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Cumbrian college students face losing free bus passes

Students at Lillyhall’s Lakes College could lose their free annual bus pass and face charges of £350 for a new one if Cumbria County Council pulls the plug on transport funding.

Students held crisis talks about the proposals last Thursday at the Hallwood Road campus.

The changes could come about as soon as September if the council goes ahead with the plans.

It could see all new applicants for annual bus passes stopped with a service provided until July 2012 for those already receiving support, or a charge of around £350 for a pass.