The Generation Game – Why the Current Debate Over Universal Benefits for Older People is Irrelevant…

The coalition is currently split on the question of universal benefits for older people, such as the free bus pass and winter fuel allowance. This split is either healthy for democracy or a sign that the marriage is coming to an end – you decide. But the argument itself is largely academic, because reality is over-taking policy. If my grandparents were alive they would be in their late nineties – they were the generation that fought in the Second World War, and came home to the promise that the state would look after them. The welfare state and the NHS […]