DWP stats show young people can't afford not to get involved in politics

Published Jun 25, 2015

JaneCollins.jpgThe latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions shows that young people need to get involved in the political process for the sake of their own finances. The report shows that pensioners are less likely to be in relative and absolute low income than the population as a whole with 14 per cent of pensioners in that bracket compared to 21 per cent of the population as a whole.

It finds that between 1998/99 and 2013/14 there was a marked fall in the percentage of pensions in absolute low income.

UKIP Employment spokesman Jane Collins said that policies such as the triple lock pension and the basic state pension increasing by 2.5 per cent - above average earnings growth - came down to the fact that older people are more likely to vote than younger people.

"The 'Ab Fab' generation and baby boomers are, in general, set up nicely with significant increases in the value of properties, final salary pensions and politicians desperate to secure their vote with pro pensioner policies.

"Meanwhile young people have to save for years to get a deposit on a house, many working professionals in their 30s and 40s don't have a pension because they can't afford it and look at what their parents have and wonder how they can achieve the same level.

"The main way they can combat this is by engaging in the political process, voting and making politicians pay attention to their needs instead of using their future earnings to buy their parents votes.

"In the General Election we saw increasing numbers of younger people - particularly working couples - voting UKIP because they saw that we were trying to address the inequalities which are occurring."

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