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Conservatives continue to ignore plight of Britain's young


Much of the direct damage inflicted by the Conservative party towards Britain 's young people has already been done: tuition fees trebled; maintenance grants replaced by loans; EMA scrapped.

But dig deeper into the facts and figures which emerged from last week's spending review, and one key trend continues to lie behind the headlines: the young are disproportionately losing out to the old. 

A new blog by the Resolution Foundation estimates that whilst spending on those areas which most affect the older generations - mainly pensions and health - is set to rise to 42% by 2020, the spending on those areas most vital to support future economic growth is set to fall to a new low of 20%.

And that's not all. Despite repeated promises to sort out the housing crisis, house building remains stubbornly low, with the only apparent support for young people appearing in the form of 'Help to Buy' - hardly a consolation for those struggling in the private rented centre, or in desperate need of social housing.

By increasing demand instead of addressing supply, the Government is deliberately skewing the market in favour of those who already own, whilst their definition of 'affordable' continues to be out of the reach of most ordinary people. £450,000 for a starter home in London - affordable for whom, exactly?

When one factors in the introduction of the so-called living wage - to apply only to those aged 25 and over - it becomes clear that this Government's contempt for Britain 's young shows no sign of abating.

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