About the Commission

Questions of intergenerational fairness are rising up the agenda. There are good reasons for this. Today’s younger generations are finding it more difficult to get on the housing ladder, experience more uncertainty and slower pay progression as they begin their careers, and can expect less from the welfare state when they fall on hard times.

But the problems go even deeper. The risk is that young people today fail to achieve the growth in living standards that their predecessors enjoyed. That matters not just for young people, but for all of us no matter our age, and for the state.

We welcome the intergenerational debate that has now opened up. But it needs to go much further, in three key respects:

  • We need more robust analysis of what is actually happening. Is the fact that millennials are earning £30 a week less than generation X-ers were at the same age a recession effect or something more long term?
  • The government needs to better understand the intergenerational consequences of its decisions. Tax and benefit policies planned for this parliament will redistribute billions from young to old; taking £1.7bn from millennials and giving £1.2bn to the baby boomers.
  • Too often the debate is framed as an intergenerational war, which doesn’t reflect how people feel about the issue or live their lives as families. Support for local homebuilding has grown sharply among older generations, with the majority of baby boomers now backing it.

To get to the bottom of these questions the Intergenerational Commission will bring together leading experts from the worlds of work, academia and public policy. The Commission will seek to better understand these issues and set out changes that will strengthen and renew the social contract between the generations. This is how we can improve living standards and ensure Britain is equipped to deal with the challenges that lie ahead.

The Commissioners

David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation (chair)
Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI
Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC
Geoffrey Filkin, Chairman of the Centre for Ageing Better
John Hills, Professor of Social Policy at the LSE
Kate Barker, economist and former MPC member
Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of Legal & General
Paul Johnson, Director of the IFS
Sarah O’Connor, Employment Correspondent at the Financial Times
Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation
Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive of Power to Change

The Technical Panel

Matthew Whittaker, Chief Economist at the Resolution Foundation (chair)
Abigail McKnight, Associate Professorial Research Fellow, CASE at the LSE
Andrew Hood, Research Economist at the IFS
Anna Dixon, Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better
Anna Vignoles, Professor of Education at Cambridge University
Bobby Duffy, Managing Director of the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute
Chris Curry, Director of the Pensions Policy Institute
David Kingman, Senior Researcher at the Intergenerational Foundation
Duncan Weldon, Head of Research at Resolution Group
Frank Eich, Senior Advisor at the Bank of England
James Plunkett, Director of Policy & Advocacy at Citizens Advice
James Sefton, Professor of Economics at Imperial University
Jonathan Portes, Principal Research Fellow at NIESR
Kate Bell, Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC
Kate Webb, Head of Policy at Shelter
Laura Gardiner, Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation
Paul Gregg, Professor of Economic and Social Policy at Bath University
Rain Newton-Smith, Director of Economics at the CBI


The Intergenerational Commission is run by the
Resolution Foundation, an independent think tank.