Are today's young people getting a bum deal? Young people have experienced the biggest pay squeeze in the aftermath of the financial crisis, seen their dreams of home ownership drift out of sight and witnessed a welfare state in retreat. Are these short term effects or do they run deeper, and how can policy make a difference? The Resolution Foundation, convenors of the Intergenerational Commission, partner with the International Inequalities Institute to debate this pressing issue.
Nona Buckley-Irvine (@nonajasmine) is a Labour Party activist in Sussex and the former General Secretary of LSESU. She also works in higher education policy for a think tank and has a range of voluntary experience working with young people.
Georgia Gould (@Georgia_Gould) is a Labour councillor and Cabinet member for Young People, Adults and Health in the London Borough of Camden. She campaigns and writes on issues related to young people and her book Wasted - How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future was published last year.
John Hills is Chair of CASE, Co-Director LSE International Inequalities Institute and Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, LSE.
Omar Khan is Director of the Runnymede Trust, having previously been its Head of Policy. Omar sits on the Department for Work and Pensions' Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group, is a Governor at the University of East London and a 2012 Clore Social Leadership Fellow. Omar's other advisory positions include chair of Olmec, chair of the Ethnicity Strand Advisory Group to Understanding Society, chair of the advisory group of the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester, Commissioner on the Financial Inclusion Commission and a member of the 2014 REF assessment, the 2011 Census, and the UK representative (2009-2013) on the European Commission’s Socio-economic network of experts.
David Willetts is Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation think tank, a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He was previously the Minister for Universities and Science and Member of Parliament for Havant. David has written widely on economic and social policy. His most recent book The Pinch was published by Atlantic Books in 2010.
The Resolution Foundation (@resfoundation) is a non-partisan and award-winning think-tank that works to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes. They are currently hosting the Intergenerational Commission, bringing together leaders from business, academia and policy-making to devise a means of repairing the social contract between generations.
The International Inequalities Institute at LSE (@LSEInequalities) brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead critical and cutting edge research to understand why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.
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This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme "Revolutions".
Update, Monday 23 January: Rachael Farrington is no longer speaking at this event due to unforeseen circumstances.