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"Outdated" age-specific benefits for older people should be replaced with support for the young to "deliver a fairer society", say peers. The Committee on Intergenerational Fairness called for a focus on housing and training policies, rather than benefits like free TV licenses. Committee chair Lord True said failing to rebalance policies could risk the "strong bond" between the generations. But campaigners warned against changes, saying pensioner poverty was rising. The committee - made up of Labour, Tory, Liberal Democrat and Crossbench peers - issued a raft of recommendations, both to "retain the supportive relationship between generations" and to plan for the "100-year life" that younger people can expect to become the norm. Full story

25 April