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Intergenerational citizen service is the solution says the Institute of Welsh Affairs

by on January 22, 2014

Citing Hemingway and reflecting on ‘Lost Generation’ of today and a ‘ticking demographic time-bomb’, the Institute of Welsh Affairs have apparently come up with a solution which “would tackle the dual problems of youth unemployment and the “growing social care needs” of Wales’ ageing population”, reports Wales Online.  It proposes a “skills based programme” paid at the minimum wage, and though this is an early stage proposal this claims to be “a real citizen service for Wales”.

Andy Bevan is quoted on the IWA website as saying ““The citizen service model is part of a considered response to the long-term demographic problems facing us. It enables young people, whose contribution to society is currently so often undervalued or rejected, to be part of the solution to the growing needs of an ageing society, promoting solidarity between the young and the old, as part of a community-wide approach”.

Unfortunately the full paper is not free to download so we will have to watch the news for updates and more details as they emerge.

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