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How pensions can win the youth vote

I was only half serious when, earlier this year, I suggested that the Tory conference ought to discuss how to put Britain’s £2 trillion of pension wealth to good use.

I think that reforms on that front would unlock the productivity problem, and government should think about how it could oil the wheels. The debate didn’t happen— I suspect it would have needed more engagement than conference could create. The question I want to ask is the one that comes naturally to a long-term saver: “what is going to happen to my savings?” It’s a question that’s being asked by our millennials. (My son, who studies Geography, sees the question as critical to his course.) Share Action, the shareholder advocacy group, have demonstrated that young people with a clear understanding of the social purpose of their investments are more likely to save and to keep saving.

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In Prospect’s December issue: Adam Posen, Diane Coyle and Nicolas Véron examine the state of Britain’s economy with Brexit looming and suggest that with a large part of the City looking to move and with productivity remaining low the outlook is firmly negative. Posen suggests that the only thing capable of disciplining the Brexit economy is the reality that things are going to be worse. Coyle suggest that although Brexit will hamper Britain’s productivity, the problem is long-term. Véron argues that more than a tenth of the City’s business will disappear due to Brexit—a significant slice that will be difficult to cover off. Elsewhere in the issue: Steve Bloomfield uncovers what is going on at Dfid, the struggling government department that recently lost its Secretary of State. Nick Cohen looks at the rise of the Strong Man is Eastern Europe as Viktor Orbán clamps down on society and Lizzie Porter reports from Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, a region plagued by war and political instability.