Analysis of the 2017 General Election results has demonstrated that age – rather than socioeconomic background or education – was the key determinant of how one voted. Similarly, recent polling by YouGov demonstrated the stark generational divide in attitudes when it comes to the EU Referendum, and the latest British Social Attitudes Survey shows a similar attitudinal divide between those from different age groups, this time on immigration.
For these reasons, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration has launched an inquiry into social and attitudinal divisions between generations. The Challenge provides the secretariat to the APPG, which aims to investigate:
- The degree to which people of different generations in the UK share the same social and political values and understand one another’s views and perspectives; and how this is impacting on British democracy.
- The extent to which people of different age groups engage meaningfully with one another in their neighbourhoods and social lives; and how this effects levels of trust within communities.
- The actions which policymakers might take to strengthen the intergenerational compact.
To kick the inquiry off, we’re publishing an essay collection exploring how different generations relate to one another in modern Britain. An event in parliament will mark the beginning of the inquiry and all attendees will receive a copy of the essay collection.
The event will begin with two presentations of original analysis of the generational differences in the most recent British Social Attitudes survey and of the wider implications of generational divides for our politics. This will be followed by a panel discussion exploring these themes and in greater detail. Follow this link to register to attend the event.