Reader Letter: Older generation had luck, but we contributed too

PUBLISHED: 12:32 14 May 2018

Elderly couple peruse options. Photo: Creatas Images/Thinkstock.

Elderly couple peruse options. Photo: Creatas Images/Thinkstock.


One reader is annoyed that the older generation’s contributions to society are seemingly going unnoticed.

I listened with interest to the main points raised by the Resolution Foundation report — a mixture of common sense and of fanciful thinking in my view. Once again I was reminded that we, the “older generation”, in general, and not just the property-owning older generation is becoming the reason for so many of society’s ills.

Certainly we had advantages that the younger generations do not necessarily have. Of course we want to see the young thrive and prosper, after all, we have children and grandchildren to think about. Yes, we probably do live too long for society’s convenience but I would like to make one point in our defence.

Given our relative good fortune we have probably also contributed more in taxes and in NI contributions, not to mention through indirect taxation, eg VAT, to this country’s coffers over the years.

Doesn’t that count for anything any more?

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