10 October 2012
ILC-UK has published evidence given to the new House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change.
The Committee will consider how the ageing population will affect public services and the relationship between people and the state. The Office of Budget Responsibility has said that if current policies go on unchanged demographic change will make the costs of public services unsustainable.
Within our response, ILC-UK argue that:
- Our society should seek to become “age neutral”. Age is a poor proxy for, for example, ability, experience, skills, knowledge, and wealth, and yet policies in the private, public and voluntary sector are far too often based on age.
- Older citizens have a responsibility to remain in the labour market longer, where possible, to enable skills retention and minimise the fiscal burdens on taxpayers.
- We are likely to need to invest more in preventative health across the life-course.
- The cost of dementia is likely to play an increasingly important role in influencing public spending.
- The transfer of wealth from young to old, and its consequent inequality, represents a challenge to the contract between generations embodied in various functions and policies of the UK state that rest on the principle of intergenerational solidarity. It is vital that public policy works to protect intergenerational solidarity.
Alongside the publication of this evidence, we have written a blog about the committees’ work and the first evidence session, held in July, available here.