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December 6, 2013 10:19 pm
From Mr George Baggaley.
Sir, The Autumn Statement is a political and economic death sentence for young Brits. In 21st-century Britain young adults can’t own a home until their mid-30s (if lucky), face more than £30,000 of personal debt for a university education, have seen real wages fall by a staggering 12 per cent in recent years, and now face working into their 70s before retirement.
Meanwhile the incomes of older generations have been better maintained, payments to the elderly have scarcely been touched, older Brits have clung on to bus passes and winter fuel payments, and have been granted exemptions from cuts to housing and council tax rebates.
In 2010, only 44 per cent of 18-24-year-olds voted, compared with 76 per cent of the over-64s – which explains the coalition’s election-driven tactics. This is not a sufficient reason for the government to discriminate so blatantly against a significant and important demographic. The young are now second-class citizens in an increasingly second-class country.
George Baggaley, London SW12, UK
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