David Willetts

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‘Everyone wanted to get one over on Thatcher’ – the artists who raided the Enterprise Allowance Scheme
Forty years ago, the Tories launched a scheme to foster entrepreneurs – but artists from Jarvis Cocker to Rachel Whiteread saw another way to use it. So did a government seen as hostile to the arts kickstart Britpop and the YBAs?

Andrew Dickson

26, Jul, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Call these voter ID laws what they really are: voter suppression and an attack on young people
Older people lean Conservative – no wonder the government wants to keep younger ones away from ballot boxes, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

25, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Early 2000s baby boom will soon flood UK universities, warns former Tory minister
Expansion in education must be funded to avert young people getting stuck in low-paid work, says David Willetts

Richard Adams Education editor

15, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Architect of £9,000 tuition fees calls for faster loan repayments
David Willetts says taxpayers footing too much of the bill for university students’ unpaid loans

Richard Adams and Sally Weale

29, Sep, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Role call: the former ministers who found private sector jobs
The Greensill affair shows how some of David Cameron’s appointees have been among the most enthusiastic corporate jobseekers. Here’s the list...

Rob Davies and Georgina Quach

16, Apr, 2021 @3:15 PM

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Covid generation: UK youth unemployment 'set to triple to 80s levels'
Resolution Foundation report warns young people could be lost to long periods out of work

Richard Partington Economics correspondent

07, Oct, 2020 @9:30 PM

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Lord Willetts accused of pitching 'young against old' in book
Second edition of The Pinch accused of blaming baby boomers rather than government policies for inequalities

Amelia Hill

05, Nov, 2019 @8:45 AM

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University fees cut would hurt mobility and aid rich, PM told
Justine Greening, David Willetts and Jo Johnson warn against reducing top £9,250 course costs

Michael Savage Policy editor

05, Jan, 2019 @5:38 PM

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Radical ideas for rebalancing Britain's baby boomers and millennials
Proposals from the Resolution Foundation, including a £10,000 citizen’s inheritance, are bold – but will politicians heed outside advice?

Anne Perkins

07, May, 2018 @11:01 PM

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The Guardian view on generational inequality: it’s time for a new deal | Editorial
Editorial: Housing and health are at the centre of a much-needed holistic approach to a fresh trade-off between young, middle-aged and older Britons


07, May, 2018 @11:01 PM

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David Willetts’ generational moan is a bit rich | Brief letters
Brief letters: Generational injustice | Michele Hanson | Memory | Tabloid format | Meghan Markle


06, Mar, 2018 @5:26 PM

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Are we really going to let the super-rich take all the art? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Rhiannon Lucy Cossett: A London art adviser has been bulk-buying Picassos. The 0.01% are welcome to their tacky yachts, but not humanity’s masterpieces. Plus: Does David Willetts practise what he preaches?

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

05, Mar, 2018 @4:50 PM

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